Child Development: How We Work - Compassion International

Child Development

Compassion is a potent advocate for children; any child that participates in our programs stands a great chance of experiencing powerful changes in character, understanding, attitude and behavior.

a young Ugandan boy

Compassion is not just a child sponsorship organization though. We are a child development organization.

Child development begins with a commitment to the children and families we serve and extends beyond simple involvement in their lives to long-term dedication and perseverance. Child development is an investment — an investment of time for a lifetime.

Australian Idol winner Stan Walker hugs a young Haitian girl

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.

A smiling Ecuadorian mother looks on as her young son is shown a green toy by a woman in a pink shirt.

Child development equips children today with the skills to succeed tomorrow. It’s long term. It doesn’t occur overnight, and it's why we employ a holistic model in our work.

What are the Benefits of Our Program?

A Colombian boy reads a book while sitting in the grass

Every child is given the opportunity to develop mentally, emotionally, spiritually, economically, socially and physically.

How Do We Choose Which Children to Register?

Four Ugandan children are sitting and eating underneath a mural of Jesus

We desire to work with the neediest and most vulnerable children that we can reach . . . Therefore, we must have a means by which to assess the relative poverty and vulnerability of different children in the community.

What Happens When a Child Leaves Our Program?

A female Colombian college student plays the violin.

Children typically graduate from our sponsorship program between the ages of 18 and 22. It varies by country. Although age is a determining factor in a child’s completion, we do not finalize a completion just for that reason.

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