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Feel free to have a look around – there are plenty of interesting articles on the site. RIAG – or The Russian Irish Adoption Group – aim to provide information and news of interest to our members, family and friends.
Our members are parents of children adopted in Ireland – from Russian and surrounding countries – and also children, teens and young adults who have been adopted – can be members too. This site changes regularly – so please do come back for another visit another time.
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About RIAG - The Russian Irish Adoption Group
Set up to help adopters [Parents] and adoptees [children,teens, young adults – build and sustain a network of friends who have international adoption as a common interest. Our members either have adopted or are adopted from Russia and surrounding countries. There are almost 2000 individuals adopted from those regions and now living in Ireland. RIAG aim to provide them with a platform to engage or simply to browse – as they wish.
RIAG is a small not for profit organisation – set up in 2008 by a group of parents.
RIAG has a constitution and a management committee. The current committee is:
Chair: Marie Hunt.
HonTreasurer: Owen Wynne.
Hon Sec: Rob Jefferson.
Membership manager: Jennifer Reilly.
Communications: Mary MacCabe
Other members: Marina Doyle, Geraldine Kriegel, Regina Faherty.
RIAG has as its main purpose – the provision of a network for members who are adopted or have adopted from Russia and Surrounding Countries. This network can be for the purpose of sharing of information through parents events, the provision of social structures for parents and children – or other ad hoc activities.
Talking to Children About War
With news of the war in Ukraine dominating headlines, social media platforms and
conversations across the country, many children in early learning and care and school
age childcare settings will have been exposed to information about the conflict.
Children do not always talk about what is worrying them but they may be trying to make
sense of this information by themselves and, in the absence of factual information,
imagining situations to be far worse than they are. Every child is different, however, and
while some might be feeling scared, others may not be worried at all.
Below are some strategies for talking to children about the current situation that will
help to ease their concerns.
Keep calm. Check in with yourself and how are you currently feeling. When you are
feeling anxious, children can notice this and begin to feel stressed too. If needed, take
some time to calm.
Talk to children. We instinctively want to protect children from things that might frighten
them; however not talking about something can make children more scared. If children
are already talking about the war, encourage them to tell you what they have heard and
ask them how they are feeling. If children are showing no interest, leave them be.
Answer questions. Answer children's questions in language they will understand with a
level of information appropriate to their age. Avoid sharing too much information as this
can be overwhelming. If you do not have all the answers, that is ok. Tell the child you will
let them know when you know.
Create a safe environment. Children need to feel safe and secure. Limit children's
exposure to news reports and discuss your own worries outside of children's earshot.
Reassure them. Young children often personalise situations and may perceive the danger
to be closer to home. Let them know that although war is very serious, they do not need
to worry about it happening in their neighbourhood. Tell them you understand how they
are feeling and reassure them that they are safe and that you are there to take care of
them. It is important, however, to be realistic and not to promise that no one will get hurt.
Help children find ways to express themselves. Some children may not be able to talk
about their thoughts or feelings but can be supported to make sense of the world through
Do something positive. Encourage children to engage in activities where they can feel
helpful such as drawing pictures to send to children who are living in affected areas.
Avoid stereotyping groups of people by nationality and challenge hateful talk.
Partner with parents. Share information on the discussions children are having at home
and in the setting or any fears or concerns the child may have.
Children who have experienced trauma or loss may be particularly vulnerable
to news of war and conflict and may need extra support. Children with
relatives in the regions impacted by conflict will also need special attention.