Use this cheat-sheet to write the best letters

Never get another brain cramp when trying to decide what to write to your sponsored child. Just fill in the blanks below. Then use the results to kick-start future letters.

  • My biggest dream for you is __________.
  • My favorite activity as a kid was __________.
  • My favorite teacher was __________ because __________.
  • As a kid, I admired __________ because __________.
  • My parents chose my name because __________.
  • My favorite part of school was__________.
  • I like where I live because __________.
  • My favorite holiday is __________.
  • My favorite smell is __________.
  • My favorite book is __________.
  • My favorite part of being your sponsor is __________.
  • When I get discouraged, I __________.
  • My favorite animal is a __________ because __________.
  • When I was a kid, I was really good at __________.
  • My favorite vegetable is __________.
  • A secret no one else knows about me is __________.
  • My nickname growing up was __________.

Feeling inspired yet?

Write your child now!

P.S. It’s totally okay to write mini letters! Short notes, in fact, are easier for kids to understand. Besides, a little encouragement goes a long way. So make sure to tell your child you’re rooting for her!


Aug 20, 2017

Thanks for these ideas! Sometimes its hard to think about what to write that my child would understand and could relate to.

Nov 23, 2017

This is incredibly helpful and I thank you so much!

Jan 24, 2018

Thank you Ashley and Gina. This was such a great help! Love to see more of your works.

Jun 10, 2018

This is exactly what I needed! Thank you for this!

Sep 21, 2018

Thank you for these wonderful ideas. Lately, I have found myself running out of things to say.

Jan 27, 2019

Thanks for the good ideas of what I liked when young.

Jan 27, 2019

These ideas are very helpful. Can you make it so we could actually fill in the blanks and have it automatically added to our letters?

Aug 16, 2019

All I wanted to do is send an electronic note to Rigarson. Whatever that means. The instructions are too circular and cryptic to follow with any results. I was led to believe it is simple to give a shout to my sponsored child. There's nothing farther from reality for me. Sincerely, Roger 3816720

Nov 18, 2019

When writing I always let the child know I am so blessed to know them Honored to help them just as my own child..speaking from the heart
The writing part is not as hard as when I ask questions as to learn more about them..very rarely do they answer these inquiries of
likes and dislikes etc.
The above examples will not be of help and while helpful for some struggling to write.. I find expressing heart more sincere
I am truly amazed and excited for my children's futures and possibilities awaiting them of without C.I. would never happen...
Wonderful..!! Thank God for C.I and Thank You all at C.I for your dedication..May God Bless each of you!!!

Mar 5, 2021

like others is hard to think of writing because you cant go over boundaries as to relate to their personal life? because you can give them advise on many things but to teach them more directly on things that cab help them make choices correctly is tricky. the world today with social media and friends is a bad world. is hard just to say basic conversations with out getting into the more personal topics and things like drugs drinking and smoking among other things. is like your having the same convo every time. so i try adding advise and maybe a story while iam at it

Nov 30, 2021

i like writing my adopted child letters because he gets to know me!

Nov 30, 2021

and its fun.

Dec 10, 2021


Jul 22, 2022

This is my first child sponsor and don't any experience writing letters to one, I found your suggestions most helpful! Thank you very much.

Dec 29, 2022

Great tips for letters. Wish I had seen them before I wrote my first letter to John. I think I covered some of the ideas in your tips. Thanks.

Mar 19, 2023

Yes, I love the connection. It’s so important. You guys are amazing.

Cindy & Bill_76f65
May 29, 2023

Thank you for the ideas. It is so appreciated!

Nov 29, 2023

Thank you for the ideas.

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