At the core of our mission is identifying and recruiting qualified individuals to serve as Riprap Friends. For example, Riprap Friends may be graduate students with expertise in a specific activity, professionals whose career focus makes them particularly well suited to work with children in a certain activity, Certified Child Life Specialists, or therapeutic recreation specialists. These individuals will go through a rigorous interview process with Riprap. Additionally, with the assistance of qualified outside research firms, Riprap will conduct thorough background checks on all Friend applicants. All newly engaged Friends will participate in an orientation program based on guidelines provided by professionals in various fields with specializations in early education and pediatric oncology, including social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, and medicine. After successfully completing the Riprap orientation, Friends will be contracted to commit to a minimum of 10 sessions of service with a patient.

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