Romania Without Orphans Summit 2018


Over 1,000 adoptive parents, foster parents, social workers, children adopted or placed in foster care, NGO workers, employees and directors of the DGASPC, clerics and MPs come together animated by a single dream: like if every child in Romania would grow up in a family dedicated to his welfare. Together to discover what we can do for the sake of our children!

According to a UNICEF study of 2016, a child spends an average of 7.5 years on the protection system. ARFO2018 brings the challenge of analyzing the “Long Road to Home” and trying together to make it shorter. The Summit calls for an analysis of both personal and system issues that should be changed so that the expectation becomes shorter.

ARFO2018 will contain motivational sessions, inspirational testimonials, debates on the possibilities of collaboration between the state and non-governmental organizations, over 50 workshops on different topics supported by national and international specialists.

ARFO2018 wants to inspire, encourage and train people working with children in difficulty in Romania.

Date and Location

ARFO 2018 will be held Novmeber 8-10 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania at the Grand Hotel Italia.

It will start on the 8th with the registration of the participants between 15:00 and 17:30, dinner from 17:30 to 19:00, the first session being at 19:00. It ends on the 10th, with lunch between 12:00 and 14:00.

Pre-Conference Events

This year we will have 3 pre-conferences that will take place on November 7-8 as follows:

November 7

1)    “The competent care of the children who have suffered trauma”

2)    “The family counts”

November 8

3)    “The Mind Can Heal The Brain” Symposium by Mandy Howard

*Additional information can be found here:


This year, the accommodation will be done on its own at any of the hotels in Cluj-Napoca. Accommodation options in the vicinity of the location can be found here. However, for many who want, a large number of families from Cluj-Napoca have offered to host and offer breakfast at no cost to those who want. In order to benefit from this, please sign up for this option and we will contact you for details after completing the registration.


ARFO Summit 2018, 8-10 Nov, (material, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks):

  • Standard 08.10.2018 – 31.10.2018 – 300 lei
  • Late booking – 1 Nov – 350 lei

Preconferences, 7 – 8 Nov (materials, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks)

  • Standard 08.10.2018 – 31.10.2018 – 150 lei
  • Late booking – from 1 Nov – 180 lei

For both events, children:

  • Until the age of 4 do not pay;
  • Between 4 and 12 years, will pay half the price;
  • Over 12 years will pay the full amount.