Child Development Model - Compassion International

What We Do
Holistic Child Development Through Sponsorship

We are the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship.

Holistic child development means we begin, in some cases, with prenatal care and go all the way through leadership development for qualified young adults. It means we take a long-term approach to what we do and go beyond simple involvement in the lives of the children and families we serve.

Adolescent girls in Indonesia wearing brightly colored headdresses and woven sashes smiling, clapping and waving.

All of our child development programs provide opportunities that encourage healthy development in four areas — spiritual, physical, social and economic.

And when it specifically comes to child sponsorship, our Child Sponsorship Program is the only child sponsorship program validated as effective through independent, empirical research.

Sponsor a Child
Child Sponsorship

In a world where more than a billion children live on less than $2 per day, Child Sponsorship is the most strategic way to end child poverty.

Child Development

Child development is dynamic. It changes as a child’s needs change. It’s personal, individualized and relational. And it’s tailored to ages, gender, health, cultures and family situations.


Our Survival initiative focuses on promoting development and survival of the most vulnerable babies, while also providing education and support for the mother or primary caregiver.

Youth Development

Our Youth Development Program provides youth ages 12 and older with customized training and educational paths according to their own unique potential, and God-given talents and purpose.