Welcome to RIAG.ie

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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.

You can contact us here - contact RIAG




Who are RIAG?

The Russian Irish Adoption Group was formed to provide a support network for the families of children -adopted from Russia. We know from the Adoption Authority of Ireland that there are at least 1607 children of Russian descent in Ireland and another 400 approx from surrounding areas.



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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.



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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.
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Russian Irish Adoption Group
Hope everyone is safe and well.

Just saw this and thought it might pass a bit of time at home

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Hermitage: 5 hrs 19 min 28 sec in one continuous take - Official Trailer | Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
A cinematic journey through one of the world’s biggest museums in St. Petersburg, Russia, taking in 45 galleries, 588 masterpieces, and live performances. Fi...
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Russian Irish Adoption Group
Happy Women's day.
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Russian Irish Adoption Group
This weekend (just past) 38 of our teens and tweens met up in Belfast and enjoyed We Are Vertigo. A super day and night had by all. Parents catching up with each other again- new friends and old. Everyone has a great time.

Tonight - spare a thought for the Kriegels. Ana would have been at this event with her ‘colour and sparkle’ had she still been with us. We thank you Ana. You are sorely missed but you remind us of what is important in life. Friendship Kindness and Memories. Like the memories we made this weekend. 🎈#ANA. Ana’s network of adolescents.
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Russian Irish Adoption Group

Some of you are already familiar with Alex Gilbert. Watch him here being interviewed about his story of adoption and returning to Russia to meet his birth parents.
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Alex Gilbert
In November 2019 I met with Diana Mashkova in Moscow, Russia who sat down with me to talk about my childhood in New Zealand and my entire journey with meeting my birth family in Russia. The interview was filmed for the Russian Charity, Арифметика добра (Arifmetika Dobra) which she has done an incredible job with. Thank you Diana for getting me involved with sharing my story and for all the incredible work you do to help adopted people and adoptive parents inside Russia.
Russian Irish Adoption Group
Russian Irish Adoption Group
If you are concerned about primary education for our children- this is your chance to tell the candidates what you think.