After breaking free from poverty as a young girl in Uganda, thanks in part to her caring sponsors, Sanyu’s now dedicating her life to giving back. Come along on her journey back to Uganda and meet the little girl she’s now sponsoring.
Visit Your Sponsored Child
A Journey to Touch Your Heart
For many sponsors, one of the best parts of sponsorship is having the chance to visit your sponsored child. An opportunity to meet face to face, interact in person and create an even closer personal connection with your sponsored child and their community.
Your once-in-a-lifetime visit will also give you the opportunity to see your sponsorship donations at work! You'll be able to visit sponsorship programs in your child's community to see how your support is changing the lives of more than just your sponsored child. You’ll also have the chance to interact with local Save the Children staff, whose dedication to children is inspiring.
Are you a Lifeline sponsor or sponsoring our programs in a country? Don’t worry – you can still visit our sponsorship programs to see the impact your support is making, you just won’t meet with a particular child.
Please note: We currently only allow visits to sponsored children and programs outside of the United States.
“I will never forget getting to meet my sponsored child in person. Being able to see the community that he is living in and meet his family was so special and it taught me a lot about what it is like to grow up in this rural environment and see some of the challenges that the community faces. I am very proud to be a sponsor for such a wonderful organization.” –Heidi, who sponsors Jay in Nepal.
The first step in planning your visit is to download and complete the application and two release forms found here and mail them back to us.
- Application to Visit / Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver
- Child Safeguarding Policy Acknowledgement Form
- Essential Information Form
IMPORTANT: If more than one person is traveling, please complete the above forms for each traveler. The Application to Visit and the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver, as well as the Child Safeguarding Policy Acknowledgement Form and Essential Information Form are required for every traveler, regardless of age.
Your forms must be received at least 60 days prior to your planned arrival date. Once the forms are received, a background check will be initiated on your behalf. Each person 18 or over will receive an email with links and instructions.
Answering Your Questions
Our Visit Team is always here to help. To contact our the team directly, email them at ChildVisits@savechildren.org
Submitting Your Documents
Please mail all completed and signed forms to:
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400
Fairfield, CT 06825
Your forms must be received at least 60 days prior to your planned arrival date. Original signatures are required. We cannot accept signatures that are photocopied, scanned, faxed or emailed.
Making Your Visit Arrangements
On receipt of all completed, signed forms and the conclusion of the background check for each traveler 18 or over, the Country Office will confirm the dates of your program visit and work with you on the details. Country Offices may limit dates to host visits due to political, environmental, holiday, or other country-specific concerns. Please note that the Country Office cannot make travel or tour arrangements for you beyond those needed for the visit to Save the Children's programs. We appreciate your understanding.
Our Child Safety Policy
To uphold our Child Safety Policy and avoid placing sponsored children in harm's way, we conduct a background check for all visitors. That's why we require a completed, signed "Authorization to Obtain Background Report" from you and from each traveler over the age of 16 who will accompany you. For Child Safety purposes, sponsor visits are only hosted in public spaces in our Country Offices, and specifically can only be held in schools for sponsor visits in the United States.
Other Things You Should Know
The Country Office may incur expenses (staff time, meals, local transport, etc.) to accommodate your visit to the program sites. A suggested donation of $300 will help offset the expenses incurred in planning a fulfilling visit for you. If possible, we ask that you send that tax-deductible donation along with your signed documents.
If your sponsored child lives outside the United States, we recommend you consult the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State prior to your visit to obtain appropriate health and safety advisories.
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