Guidelines

Sponsorship Guidelines

Becoming a sponsor is easy and can be accomplished in three ways. You can choose a child to sponsor from our website. If you prefer to sponsor by email, please contact us at (dci@distressedchildren.org) with: 1) your full name, 2) mailing address, 3) email address, 4) telephone number(s), and 5) whether you would like to sponsor a boy or girl. Or, if you prefer to send your information by postal mail, you may print and complete the Sun Child Sponsorship Program (SCSP) application form and mail it to DCI’s office. Please note, however, that in order to prevent duplicate sponsorships, we cannot guarantee your sponsorship for any particular child until after we have received your payment. The best and most convenient way to guarantee sponsorship of the child of your choice is to select a child to sponsor and pay through our website at www.distressedchildren.org. Here you will find many children who are waiting for sponsors. Remember, you can sponsor individually or as a group.

General Guidelines

  • A minimum one year commitment is required.
  • If sponsoring by mail, it is necessary to fill out the SCSP application form with a signature.
  • You must provide either one full year’s sponsorship payment ($180) or at least $90 for your first six months’ payment to initiate the sponsorship account.
  • It takes 2-3 weeks to set up your sponsorship account once we receive your sponsorship application and payment.
  • If at any point you decide to discontinue your sponsorship, at least 3 months advance written notice is required (email is OK).
  • In an effort to reduce our administrative costs, we will provide all information regarding your sponsored child by email and/or through DCI’s website.
  • We will send you your sponsored child’s picture and personal history, as well as regular progress reports by email and/or through DCI’s website.
  • Please include your child’s ID number in all future communications with DCI.
  • Communication with child: Maximum four (4) communications with the sponsored child per year, as our manpower for translation and delivery is limited.

Choosing a Sun Child to Sponsor

  • You may choose a child or multiple children to sponsor on DCI’s website. You can then make your secure payment directly on the website through PayPal, or send us a check by mail. (See:How to Make a Sponsorship Payment below)
  • You may ask DCI to choose a child for you.

How to Make a Sponsorship Payment

You may submit your sponsorship contribution of $180 and/or any additional contribution to support our other programs using one of the following methods:

  • Credit card/PayPal
    Visit myDCI to make a secure credit card payment through PayPal. For technical assistance, you may contact us by telephone at 203-272-3869 or by email at dci[at]distressedchildren.org.
  • Check or Money Order
    Please make your check payable to “Distressed Children & Infants International” or “DCI” and write the child’s ID# in the memo section. Send all checks, money orders, or bank checks to our office at: 

    Distressed Children & Infants International
    50 Church Street, 5th Floor, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

  • Automatic Bill Payment/Bank Transfer by Electronic Bank Check
    You may add DCI in your bank payment system and create a recurring payment (the same way you pay your home bills through your bank). Alternatively, you may advise your bank to send a check to DCI annually or every 6 months according to your preference. 

    You may need DCI’s bank account information to set up a automatic bill payment/funds transfer by electronic bank check. Please send us an email at