We understand that visiting your sponsored child is a memorable experience and at GCDF we make sure that both parties can cherish this opportunity. This visit helps the sponsor family to have a first-hand experience of their sponsored child’s country and culture. This meeting is arranged while keeping the complete safety of the child in mind. Considering it is a time taking process, we recommend to submit the request for a visit at least 2 months in advance.
Disclaimer for Gymnasts: We note that if you are visiting your child with the intention of engaging in any gymnastics competitions, FIG Statutes requires you to coordinate with your country's national federation to obtain their consent. Members of USA Gymnastics are also required to secure permission even if you just intend to train with the child. If your visit is arranged via a national federation, our policies don't apply and you visit will not violate our visitation policies. This means you do not apply to us for a visit. We have no jurisdiction concerning cultural-exchange visits arranged between national federations.
If you wish to use our process to visit your sponsored child, it does not mean you may engage in any gymnastics activities.
To apply for permission to visit your sponsored child, we will require:
- You or your visiting child must have been in normal contact with your sponsored child for at least 4 months. Visits for journalistic purposes generally can apply earlier.
- All of your family members intending to visit the child must submit to a Criminal Background Check. We will provide an application form for you to fill out.
- Submit an application to visit your sponsored child at least 60 days in advance of the desired date of your visit.
- Once the background checks are clear and we process your application, we will make contact with the child's respective Sports Federation (or school, depending on our contracts in the country) to request final approval and make arrangements for a visit.
The Child's school and family have the final say on whether visits are approved. All visits are supervised by designated employees of either GCDF or the Child's School. In most cases, family members of sponsors may travel with the Sponsor.
To request a copy of our application, please email us at email@example.com.
If you are not in the USA, we are sorry, but at this time we can only arrange and approve visits by USA Sponsors. However, if we have a branch in your country, check with the website of our branch for local policies.
DO NOT INDEPENDENTLY ARRANGE TO VISIT YOUR SPONSORED CHILD. IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. ALL ATHLETES, FAMILIES, AND GYMS REPORT TO THEIR FEDERATION AND THERE ARE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR UNAUTHORIZED VISITS. YOU MUST APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO VISIT USING THE PROCESSES ABOVE.