We know that coming to the decision to end a commitment, like sponsorship, is difficult. Read on to find out all your options and have your questions answered.

What are my options?

At Compassion, we understand how important your relationship is with your sponsored child and want to offer our support should you come across difficulties in life that could affect your sponsorship.

Here are a few options available to you:

1. Reduce your monthly sponsorship contribution for up to six months to an amount between $24 and $48 per child, depending on what you can afford.

2. Request that Compassion cover three months of your financial contribution so that you will not need to provide contributions for that period. Your contributions will then recommence the following month unless you request otherwise.

3. Consider supporting Compassion's Critical Needs by giving a monthly contribution of your choice. This means you will no longer be sponsoring an individual child, but your support can make a life-changing difference to thousands of children by providing safe water, education and training, disaster relief and much more.

Please note that options may be limited for sponsors who have been sponsoring a child for a short time. If you have any questions, please email us at compassion@compassion.com.au.

How will cancellation affect my sponsored child?

Be assured your sponsored child does not leave the program because your financial support has ended.

When a sponsored child has to say goodbye to their sponsor, we try to find another person willing to take on the support of that child. During this time, the child continues to receive all of the benefits of the program, except sponsor letters, birthday and family gifts.

The child development centre they attend may be able to receive extra support through the Unsponsored Children Fund to care for them.

We've also put some helpful tips together on how to say goodbye to your sponsored child should you need to cancel.

What Happens to My Sponsored Child if I Need to Cancel My Sponsorship?

We are so thankful that you have contributed to releasing a child from poverty in Jesus' name. Please rest assured that the local church will make sure that your sponsored child is cared for, regardless of your sponsorship cancellation.

Please continue to keep our volunteers, staff and children in Compassion's programs in your prayers—your spiritual support is so appreciated!

If you need to cancel and would like more information about the next steps, please contact us.

Words by Cassie Holland

Photos by Galia Oropeza and Ben Adams