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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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My Hero is YOU – Storybook for Children

ublished Date 31 March 2020 This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.



Russian Irish Adoption Group

Disclaimer The RIAG Committee make every effort to ensure that any information posted is up to date and accurate. However we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of this information. In no event will any members of the RIAG Committee or any members of RIAG be liable for any material issued. Membership to this page is by invite only. The purpose of the page is networking and the well being of the members of RIAG.
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
This is a link to I'm adopted Facebook page.. On the 15th May Alex, an adoptee born in Russia and living in New Zealand talks to a Russian mother, together with her son adopted by her at age 17. There is information about the number of children in orphanages (44,000), which has decreased by over 50%, of which 80% are teenagers, the current view about Russians in country adoptions and the work that is being done on this etc. A lot of questions that you or your older children may have.
Russian Irish Adoption Group
I'm Adopted
We got the chance to talk with Diana Mashkova who is a Russian writer, mother of five and founder of the Family Alphabet project. She has written multiple books herself on adoption as she is an adoptive mother herself. We got to talk live with Diana and one of her sons, Daniil who recently was adopted into her family. We talked about the current stats on orphanages inside Russia, how many children are still there and how the adoption process works. Thank you Diana and Danill. I hope this helped answer a lot of questions for those who want to know.
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Online training that is free at the moment until Augist 2020. Haven't had a chance to check it out yet. Let us know what you think.

Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
This is a sad story with a happy ending for this young child her Mother and her adoptive father. It is also interesting for those of our members who adopted as single parents - and subsequently married. The legislation has changed based on a case taken by one of our members. Step parent adoption is now permitted in Ireland. Wiao Ireland.
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
This is worth a read, an insight from an adult adoptee about Adoptee Anger.

Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Message from a parent re homework. Little and often. We find www.ixl.ie a great website as it has the whole national curric. Its quite gamified so when he completes a task there is a star, or a reward of some sort. That plus some sciecy projects and dress up the history and geography lesson as "lets walk along the canal path"