If you are a family interested in services, please ask your social worker to make a referral on your behalf.
Riprap will work with pediatric oncology clinics in various hospitals to ensure that both the organization and individual Friends have access to the latest social therapeutic research and methods, and that industry best practices are upheld.
Riprap will accept referrals from patients’ care providers and social workers. Upon referral, a patient’s family will undergo a brief application process with Riprap. Once approved, the patient will receive up to two Friend home visits per week for a period of 8-12 weeks, during which time the patient and Friend will explore the Activity of the patient’s choice. A parent, guardian, or caretaker must be present during these visits.
After the initial 8-12 week period, the relationship may be renewed at the discretion of Riprap and the family. Renewal of services may be contingent upon patient need (i.e., whether the patient is still deemed to be too immune-compromised for regular social interaction), Riprap’s capacity, recommendation of the patient’s medical care giver and/or social workers, and other factors.
During Riprap’s first year of operation, services will be limited to 10 families at any one time, which families will be admitted to the program on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure that all participating families receive the best possible experience, engagement with Riprap will effectively be closed at all times that 10 families are actively utilizing Riprap’s services. However, Riprap will continue to accept and review applications during the “closed” periods, and families who apply during those periods will be placed on a wait list ensuring that they receive services as soon as resources become available.
After the first year of operation, Riprap will seek to expand capacity based on need and available resources. We anticipate increasing the cap in Year 2 from 10 families to 15, and in Year 3 from 15 families to 20.