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Child Sponsorship: Frequently Asked Questions 

Is child sponsorship an effective way to help? 

Yes! Sponsors provide resources to help children eat nutritious meals, stay in school, receive health care and achieve their goals. Your support brings long-term positive change to each child, their families and their communities.

Does my money really reach the child?

Yes. 75 cents of each dollar directly benefits your sponsored child; the rest helps pay for staff providing services and overseeing the program.  Pearl S. Buck International accounts for every dollar you send to a child. Audits are conducted regularly by an external firm to verify the accuracy of Pearl S. Buck International's financial reporting. Our most recent annual report is available at

And you can rest assured your donation is safe. Pearl S. Buck International is proud to be a top-rated charity.

How are children chosen for sponsorship? 

Community social service workers and Pearl S. Buck International staff identify the most vulnerable children in the areas served.  Families of these children are invited to participate in the child sponsorship program.  In addition, many families also seek our help to provide their children the chance for a brighter future.

Some children live in orphanages, with single-parent households, or elderly grandparents. They are coping with challenges such as racial/ethnic prejudice, disabilities, HIV/AIDS; many families are refugees, displaced or homeless. Today, we are working with children in impoverished areas of China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

How do I select a child to sponsor?

You can decide which child to sponsor by looking at photos and reading about them. You will be the only sponsor assigned to that child, so you can enjoy a one-to-one relationship that deepens over time through letters, photographs and updates about health and school progress.

And if you’d rather not choose a specific child, we are happy to assign a child in need to you or you can support our international programs generally as a Champions for Children.

Can I sponsor more than one child or children in different countries?

Sure – lots of children are waiting for someone to give them a chance to succeed. Read about the children on our waiting list,  select the child(ren) you would like to sponsor online or discuss details with Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Saveriano at 215-249-0100 x142 or email her at

How long does sponsorship last?

That is your decision. Many children who need support are elementary school age and can be sponsored through high school graduation, usually at age 18. At that time, we can discuss if you’d like to stay engaged with the family outside the auspices of our program. If so, both you and the sponsored child agree and sign a consent form.

Do I get letters from my sponsored child? 

You will receive a minimum of two letters from your sponsored child during the year, or two forms of nonverbal communication if the child is too young to write, such as artwork or photographs. You also receive a Welcome Packet introducing your child and where they live, along with annual updates on your child’s health and progress in school.

Plus, you receive “News from the Field” once a year, a newsletter providing a comprehensive look at projects, successes and challenges facing each of our overseas offices.

How can I write to my sponsored child?

Easy! You can send a message to your child online.

How do I make my payments?

New child sponsors set up payment procedures when they enroll online and payments will be processed automatically, unless you contact us to set up a different payment plan.

If you do not wish to pay by credit card, Pearl S. Buck International also accepts payment by check and EFT.  Please contact Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Saveriano at 215-249-0100 x142 or email her at

If you already are a sponsor, use this form to set up automatic payments or update your current credit card information.

Can I send a monetary gift to my sponsored child through the website?

Yes, our new Child Gift page is available.  Please enter your sponsored child's number and name plus a reason for the gift (example: 12-04-1234 Maria Elizabeth Smith, Birthday) in the comments section in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section. Please fill out one donation form for each sponsored child separately if you would like to send more than one gift. There is a six dollar minimum gift amount, due to the overseas exchange rates.

If you would like to set up a recurring gift (Birthdays, Holidays), please use this form to set up automatic recurring payments, and make sure to add the child's number, name, and a reason for the gift.

Are child sponsorship payments a charitable gift? 

Your sponsorship donation is considered a charitable donation to Pearl S. Buck International, a 501(c)3.  You can check your payment history online if you create/log into your account. Then select the Tax Statement link in the Manage My Account section, select a date range to see your payment history. Thank you so much for building better lives for these children!

How can I find out more information about my Sponsored Child's Country? 

The new Child Sponsorship Booklets (April 2017) are now available on your web account, create/log into your account. You will see the country booklets for China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam listed under the SPONSOR/CHAMPION CENTER.  

What if I have a question that's not listed?

Please don't hesitate to contact Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Saveriano at 215-249-0100 x142 or email her at

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