ChildCARE Plus FAQ's

Here are "Frequently Asked Questions" about how ERDO's ChildCARE Plus program works.  Scroll below to learn more, or use the search field at the top of this screen to search for specific information.  

How many years has ERDO been operating a child sponsorship program?

ERDO began offering child sponsorship in 1992

How many children are currently sponsored?

There are over 8,200 children who are linked with caring Canadian sponsors.

In how many countries does ERDO currently run CCP Sponsorship Programs?

We currently run sponsorship programs in 29 countries. 

I am not ready to sponsor. How can I help children?

You are welcome to give a general gift for children. To give go here.

Can I get an official tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. ERDO typically issues tax receipts in late January or February for all your monthly sponsorship payments. Receipts for additional gifts of $20 or more will be automatically generated.

Who can sponsor a child?

Sponsors from around the world, of all religious faiths and denominations are welcome to sponsor children through ERDO. 

What does my sponsorship provide?

Your sponsorship provides the essentials of life to a child living in poverty. First and foremost, your child will have access to quality education and be provided with necessary supplies such as a school uniform, textbooks and school supplies. Where applicable, other items such as nutritious food, personal hygiene items, medical treatments and healthcare, vaccines etc., will be provided to the child as well. Not only is your sponsored child helped, but their entire family is assisted by your support. The CCP Field Representative working in your sponsored child's community ensures that your support goes directly to that child and their family... they benefit from your care firsthand!

How are children selected to be sponsored?

ChildCARE Plus children include boys and girls, Christians and non-Christians, and all races and ethnicities. They are children living in extreme poverty between the ages of 0 and 16.  Our caring in-country workers select children from desperate circumstances who come from families who have many children and few resources; child headed households and orphaned children, those who are cared for by elderly or chronically ill guardians, and those unable to attend school due to poverty.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

$41 is our monthly cost to provide for children in need.

What is the maximum age of a child I can sponsor?

ERDO’s child sponsorship program is designed to meet the needs of children and youth to enable them to complete their primary and secondary education. Depending on the educational system in the country where your child is from, you can expect that the average age for completion of the CCP program is between the ages of 18 years and 22 years. A child may leave the program earlier if their family moves from the area, if their home situation improves, or if the family chooses to no longer participate in the program.

What happens once my child finishes in the sponsorship program?

Once a child finishes in the ChildCARE Plus program you will receive notification along with a profile and photo of a new child to sponsor. If you do not want to transition to a new child or would like to support another ERDO project instead, please contact us and we will be happy to make this note on your account.

Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?

While we know people love to purchase and send gifts to those they love, ERDO respectfully requests that sponsors send monetary gifts instead of gift packages of store-bought goods. We prefer that the child’s CCP worker purchase a gift on your behalf in-country because the local staff know the children personally and can buy something that best meets their needs, in addition to that, the gift money also helps to stimulate the local economy when gift items are purchased in local communities. There are also high customs fees, possible theft and loss associated with international shipments. Please never send cash in the mail.

ERDO can accept your cheque, credit card or pre-authorized bank withdrawal gift for the child and then securely transfer the funds to the child’s CCP worker for the safe and efficient purchase of a gift. Please contact our office at 1-800-779-7262 to send your child a gift via credit card. Alternatively, if you wish to use the same form of payment as your sponsorship, you may also e-mail to arrange your gift.

Do I have to pay my sponsorship fee monthly or are there other options?

You could choose to pay the full year’s cost of sponsorship at one time which is $492. 

If you would like to arrange a different payment cycle such as 4 quarterly or twice per year, please call our office at 1-800-779-7262 or email us at

What amount of my monthly donation reaches the child?

With one of the best ratios of child sponsorship agencies in Canada, ERDO guarantees that 84% of all child sponsorship funds  go directly to the care of your sponsored child. The remaining small portion is used for the administration of the program, processing gifts, and communications that encourage other Canadians to become sponsors.

Can I write to my sponsored child?

Yes, your sponsored child would love to hear from you.  In your welcome pack you will find the information to help you write to him or her. Please keep in mind that most letters and notes need to be translated into the child’s local language so please limit their length to something reasonable for our program staff. Your letters can be mailed to our head office at the following address or emailed to

ChildCARE Plus
2450 Milltower Court
Mississauga, ON  L5N 5Z6

What are the payment methods you accept?

ERDO accepts both MasterCard and Visa online. By sending a void cheque to our office via mail or e-mail to, you could also set up pre-authorized bank withdrawals.

What day of the month would my payment be processed?

For your convenience, you can choose either the 1st of the month, or the 15th.

How do I update my contact and payment information?

If you have contact information to update, or are switching credit cards, or have new expiry date information, please contact our office at 1-800-779-7262.

What happens if I miss a payment?

Sometimes circumstances prevent the successful payment of a sponsorship fee. A credit card could be declined for various reasons and if we are unable to process your payment, we will contact you to find out if there is an issue with an expiry date, card number etc.  

How can I switch from credit card payment to pre-authorized bank withdrawal?

If you would prefer to join our pre-authorized bank withdrawal payment plan on either the 1st or 15th of the month, please send your void cheque to our office via mail or e-mail and we will be more than happy to set this up for you. 

Can I make my renewal payment online?

Unfortunately our website isn't able to accommodate this right now.

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