General Information


The ARFO Summit 2016 will take place on October 27-29.
It will start on the 27th with the registration of the participants from 15:00-17:30, dinner from 18:00-19:30, and the first session beginning at 19:30. It will end on the 29th with lunch from 13:30-15:00.

The two simultaneous pre-conferences on October 26-27 will start with the registration of the participants on the 26th from 11:00-12:30, lunch at 12:30-14:00 and will end with lunch from 12:30-14:00 on the 27th.

ARFO 2016 will take place in Bucharest, at Crystal Palace Ballrooms.


This year, accommodations will be your own choice at any of hotels in Bucharest. However, for those who are interested, a great number of families living in Bucharest have offered their hospitality for housing and breakfast. To benefit from this offer, please choose this option upon registration. Upon completion of your registration, we will contact you for the details.

ARFO Summit 2016, October 27 – 29, (materials, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks) – 200 lei ~ $55
Any pre-conference, October 26-27 (materials, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks) – 100 lei ~ $30
Both events for children:

  • Up to 2 years old – free
  • from 2 to 12 years old – half the price
  • 12+ years old will pay the whole price


ARFO 2016 will consist of motivational sessions, inspirational stories, debates on the possibilities of collaboration between government and non-governmental institutions, as well as over 25 workshops on various themes taught by national and international professionals.

The pre-conference training for social care professionals for anyone who works with children at risk – social workers, foster parents, National Child Protection Services and NGOs Staff, and adoptive or foster parents.

It will be led by Kerri Dunkelberger, Executive Director for Fostering and Adoption for the Olive Crest Organization and her colleagues, Jessica Valdez (Programs Director for Fostering and Adoption) and Katie Takeshita (Social Assistant for Adoptions). The purpose of their organization is to prevent child abuse, promote the healing and education of vulnerable children, and abandonment prevention. Throughout the 40 years of activity, Olive Crest has helped almost 1 million children and families at risk.

This training seminar will address the challenges facing staff and parents who foster children and youth who have suffered traumas of any kind. These include loss of biological family members, sexual, physical or emotional abuse, severe neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. The learning modules, building blocks of efficient caregiving and healing interventions, will be taught and practiced during the training and will be provided for all attendees.

The motivational pre-conference for Church Christian leaders will address the responsibility of Christians and the Church toward children lacking parents, care, and protection. Among the speakers we have Jedd Medefind, the president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, USA and Sergei Demidovich, pastor and director of a TV studio in Ukraine.