Meet your kid — in person!

Sponsor Travel FAQ

You can’t get more “real” than seeing where your kid lives, up close and personal! So we’re pretty psyched you’re considering it! (“Life-changing” isn’t a phrase we throw around lightly. But, for sponsors who’ve taken trips to see their kids? They say it a lot!)

We want you to have the best visit possible. So, we’ve got some important info to kick-start the process. (Getting this busywork out of the way early will pay off, we promise!)

Planning your trip

Step 1: Pick your travel dates — but don’t pay for anything just yet!

It’s GREAT you want to visit your child! Once you have some firm dates in mind for travel and information on a date when you would be interested in visiting your child, call our Kansas City headquarters. Please call at least six weeks in advance  at 800-888-3089. (If you live outside the United States or Mexico, you may call us collect if you need to at 816-942-2000 or email us at children@children.org.) We’ll send you all the necessary information, talk about trip options and cost and let our staff in the country where your child lives know about your visit. They’ll need to start making plans. Because some of our kids live in remote areas that are difficult (if not darned near impossible!) for a sponsor to reach, we may make special arrangements for you to meet your child at our office or community center.

Let us know as soon as you can when you’ll be making your trip!

Step 2: Look over these important documents  

Please familiarize yourself with these forms before your visit.

Step 3: Read the FAQs

You’ll get great travel tips, insight into your child’s country and important info about policies to keep both you and your child safe. Check out our tips in the FAQs.

Step 4: You will hear from us soon!

We’ll send you some forms and information you will need for your visit.

Step 5: Begin the three-week countdown!

When the calendar marks three weeks to your visit, confirm your final details with the office in the country where your child lives. Look for more instructions in the informational packet we’ll have sent you.

Step 6: (the most important!) Have a great trip!

Then, visit My Social Center and share your experience with us and other sponsors! Don’t forget to keep these tips in mind when sharing pictures and information online. 

Learn about your child’s country before you visit

We’ve got lots of information that will help make your visit more memorable.

Sharon Clyburn visited four children she has in Colombia: the sisters Bleidys and Maria Elis in Barranquilla and Andrea and Leonardo in Santa Marta:

“I try to share my own experiences with Children International, so that other people feel like giving that step and making a difference in the life of needy children. I show them that children are really receiving help through sponsorship.”

Sharon with María, 6, and Bleidis, 11.

Jo Wood visited her sponsored child, Jake, in Legazpi City, Philippines:

“It’s an amazing feeling to be finally here meeting him and talking to him. I love receiving letters from him and be updated on what he’s been doing. He’s grown up so much. In the States, I have a picture of him posted on the refrigerator door. This is wonderful,” she said.

Carlos Velásquez visited his sponsored child, Camila, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras:

“I invite you to do everything possible to try to get where that child is and see his/her smile, that's what really counts."