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  1. Why "Cornerstone Alliance Navigators"?
    The name "Cornerstone" was chosen because in all major faiths and religions, family is the cornerstone to society. In the Christian faith, Christ is the Cornerstone to all families. CAN hopes to restore families rooted in God's love to the Fatherless.

    The name "Alliance" was chosen because it is CAN's goal to create alliances among organizations and individuals within the orphan care industry from which they can draw intellectual capital and support to continually improve their services and programs for the Fatherless.

    The name "Navigators" was chosen because CAN helps its members navigate toward the use of best practices so that they can become more efficient and effective, thereby creating a greater and lasting impact on the Fatherless.


  2. Why did CAN choose the Nicene Creed as its Statement of Faith?

    It is rare for different forms of Christianity to work together; rather, faith-based organizations often only desire to work with people of its own kind and belief. Therefore, when CAN was still only an idea, for the sake of the mission, one of the things that was already apparent was the need to put aside divisive theological issues within Christianity and cling to the common ground of the Trinity.

  3. Does CAN only serve Christian organizations?

    No, CAN will serve any organization that is already practicing or attempting to implement best practices in the any area of orphan care.

  4. How does CAN define a best practice?

    A best practice is one that is efficient, effective and transparent without any form of donor or child exploitation.

  5. How does CAN define “donor exploitation”?

    CAN believes that some acquiring methods used today are unethical, including those that promote emotional exploitation through “flies on the face” marketing (i.e. pictures or videos of impoverished children) and unsubstantiated high numbers (e.g. a thousand children receive three meals a day, but they may only consist of rice with an occasional serving of beans, all of which lack nutrition). Such models meet important needs, but CAN would argue that sustainability in those models is not present by design. Furthermore, proper disclosure on how funds will be used is generally lacking (i.e. a high percentage of funds go toward administrative expenses). A lack of accountability, which can be argued is sometimes the fault of the donor, is another form of donor exploitation. Many beneficiaries do not hold themselves responsible for the use of funds received nor do they report on whether or not goals and objectives were achieved. Unfortunately, many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) practice this all too frequently, and donors often do not recognize such types of exploitation because the NGOs intentionally feed their egos, resulting in a happy donor or a “guilt offering,” ending in a bad investment.

  6. How does CAN define “child exploitation”?

    Though exploitation usually refers to the utilization of people as a resource in social, economic, or political gain, it rarely reflects the use of an orphan identity as a form of exploitation. CAN considers the following as forms of orphan exploitation: 1) the misuse of orphan images through pictures, video, Internet, printed material or physical presence for the primary purpose of gathering funds or materials, or political positioning for an individual or organization without regard to the child's rights and psychological or emotional well-being; 2) the excessive use of administrative funds to manage general operations (salaries, benefits, per diems) for an individual or organization; 3) the use of funds, that were originally designated to the Fatherless for projects outside the immediate focus of orphan care.

  7. What does CAN mean when it says that it promotes a “family model”?

    CAN considers a true family model to be present when a married couple serves as surrogate parents to no more than 8 children in a home-style environment. It also believes that in family reunification, adoption options, foster care and residential care, the family model is strengthened when proper counseling and parent training are received. In cases of family reunification, CAN recognizes that not all children will be reunited with both parents, but stresses the need for training and counseling for the reentry of the child. In the case of “social orphans,” CAN emphasizes, when appropriate, the need for family intervention and prevention models, rather than removing the child from the home into boarding placements.

  8. How does CAN define “member” organizations?

    A member organization is a Christian organization that is directly involved in caring for the Fatherless. This could be in any of the five areas of orphan care that CAN covers (Family Preservation, Family Reunification, Adoption, Foster Care, and International Family-Based Residential Care).

  9. How does CAN define “partner” organizations?

    A partner organization is one that indirectly supports a member organization either in programs, practices, resources or services. A partner organization maintains a separate mission but also identifies with that of CAN.

  10. How is CAN governed?

    The foundation of CAN reflects a design and prototype of a Westminster type of government that emphasizes checks and balances in governance. The governing mechanism of CAN includes: a council (composed of member organizations), a governing board, and an executive team, which will act as legislative, judicial, and executive bodies respectively.

  11. Does CAN fundraise for its member organizations?

    In theory, CAN does not fundraise for member organizations. However, what CAN does is procure needed resources for its member organizations, which in the end lowers the administrative costs for said organizations. Such activity is done through Project Jubilee. Furthermore, CAN promotes its members among its network of donors and provides sustainability models to its members so they don’t depend so much on their donors.

  12. How can an interested organization become part of CAN?

    Any Christian organization interested in becoming part of CAN should contact us for more information. Said organization needs to be already practicing or willing to put into practice the four minimum Core Essentials. Afterwards, said organization must be willing to go through an organizational audit. Once it is determined that the necessary standards are in place or being put in place, CAN will welcome that member, and begin promoting them among its member and donor networks.