November 13, 2012
I have been with children international for 5 years now and have absolutely loved it! Not only do I receive personal messages and pictures from my little girl, the agency regularly sends me information on how my funds have been used (what she is getting for Christmas/birthdays, what services she is able to access, etc). It is very easy to stay in touch with my girl through the easy online letter sending. They also send cards with prepaid envelopes so all you have to do is sign and put it in the mailbox. It's an easy way to let your child know you care. I've also sent her some pictures of my family, which she has hanging on her wall. The agency also sends me an annual report of my contribution for my taxes so I don't have to worry about figuring it out. They occasionally send letters asking for extra donations/to increase your donation, but they have never called me. I have been unable to increase my donations and am therefore still paying my original contribution. I have automatic payments set up so I don't even have to think about it. Overall, it's been a great experience. It's easy to get started, you can have a personal relationship with your child, and you can see the difference you make in your child's life.
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