The child development centre staff in each country are best-placed to understand the individual needs of children in their area. Therefore, they are responsible for deciding which children join the Child Sponsorship Program and which young families require support through Mums and Babies or other Critical Needs.
Each child development centre has a clearly documented process and criteria for selecting the most vulnerable families in their area who can benefit from our work. Firstly, particular communities in need are identified and assessed. Then, parents within those communities are told about Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program and invited to register their children. Child development centre staff then speak to other community members to verify the circumstances of the families and determine which children have the greatest need and prioritise these children. These families will include those with at-risk children, children with special needs, children affected by HIV/AIDS and, for Mums and Babies, mothers who have miscarried in previous pregnancies. Generally, only one child per family is supported so that the benefit of sponsorship is spread as widely as possible throughout the community.