Compassion's Commitment to Child Protection
In support of Christ's mandate to care for and protect His little ones, Compassion International is committed to safeguarding children in our programs from all forms of abuse and exploitation. In partnership with local churches, we do this by:
- Providing a positive and safe environment where children can learn and play.
- Engaging the active commitment of the caring adults who surround the children to care for them with dignity, respect and integrity at all times.
- Preventing and/or reducing the risks of the incidence of abuse through enforcing child-protection policies, strategies and procedures.
Cultural customs and traditional practices must not take precedence over the biblical guidelines for human relationships. Our heavenly Father declares the value and dignity of human life. Adults and children are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139). God's Word must have the final authority in regulating compassionate treatment of every human being, including children.
We believe all of Compassion's church partners share and support our values of respecting and caring for children and youth. Every Compassion-assisted child development center is required to implement a local plan of action for child protection. We regularly monitor implemented policies to ensure that expectations are fulfilled.
Sponsor and Child Interaction
We believe the vast majority of Compassion International sponsors and donors share the organization's values of respecting and caring for children, but we must regrettably acknowledge that some people may seek to use our Child Sponsorship Program to gain access to children for inappropriate reasons. In response to this sad reality, guidelines for appropriate sponsor-child interactions have been established.
Sponsors wanting to meet a sponsored child must contact Compassion International at least six weeks prior to the visit. Sponsor-child visit guidelines must be agreed to by the sponsor before a visit can be arranged.
Sponsor letters are monitored to ensure the letters children receive are consistent with the values of Compassion's ministry. We minister to children in the context of local churches that share a common evangelical statement of faith. Any communications, photos or materials inconsistent with these shared beliefs and Christian values will not be forwarded to children.
Compassion believes it is critical to protect children not only from abuse but also from exposure that could make them more susceptible to abuse. Many children living in poverty experience health and family issues that are personal and sensitive. We are committed to protecting each family's privacy and preserving the child's dignity. Likewise, we expect our sponsors to handle child information and child photos in a respectful, sensitive manner.