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Visit Your Child
Your child will never forget meeting you.
Visiting your sponsored child can be a rewarding, life-changing experience - an adventure to remember. Because of our commitment to child protection, and the complexity of travel arrangements to remote communities, we need to know of your desire at least three months before the date you’d like to travel. To make it as easy as possible for your adventure to begin, we've outlined a few simple guidelines necessary for a successful visit.
While we are delighted and encourage sponsors to meet their child face-to-face, unfortunately bringing your sponsored child to the U.S. for a visit is not permitted. Find out more by browsing our Sponsor Visit FAQs. If you still have questions, please contact us at 1-800-678-2168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. The Application
Your visit begins with the Request to Visit My Sponsored Child application. We ask that you complete and return this form to us at least three months prior to your trip. World Vision will make every effort to arrange a visit with your child. Please understand that political or family circumstances can sometimes prevent such a visit. We will notify you as soon as we receive confirmation regarding your application and Background Check (See Step 2). Please email your completed application form to us at email@example.com or mail it to us at:
P.O. Box 70005
Federal Way, WA 98471-0005
"Please note: Due to the time involved in coordinating a visit, we are unable to approve visit requests that are less than 90 days from the visit date."
2. The Background Check
Because protection and safety of the children are of utmost importance, a background check is necessary. That's why everyone, regardless of age, requesting a visit with a sponsored child must submit a completed Protection of Children Release Form. There is a fee for the background check. Clearance is generally received within 30 days and the background check is good for one year. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-678-2168.
Once the visit has been approved, we will contact the World Vision staff where your sponsored child lives to confirm details of your visit (i.e. date, time, meeting location, etc.). At this time, your sponsored child's family will be informed of your visit and begin looking forward to seeing you. For this reason we ask that all visit plans are made final at this point. A firm commitment to follow through with the visit is very important after having informed your sponsored child.
4. The Visit
Once you are in your sponsored child's country you should notify World Vision's national office of your arrival. Our staff there will be handling all the arrangements of your visit. Depending on your sponsored child's individual circumstances, your visit may take place at our main office or at our program office in your child's community. Regardless of the location, the time spent with your sponsored child is sure to create memories you will always cherish.
Please note: Be sure to take with you your sponsored child’s name and identification number, as well as the address and phone number of World Vision’s national office in your child’s country. You will also need the name of your World Vision contact, which we will provide to you.
We encourage you take lots of photos and keep a record of your trip. Feel free to download and use the Travel Journal we prepared for you, or jot notes in your own notebook. When you return, we would love to hear all about your trip! Tell us what it was like to meet your sponsored child and share some of your photos with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.