America's Promise Alliance
Partner spotlight: caregiving youth -- the silent part of the 'Silent Epidemic'
In the United States, there are over 1.3 million youth ages 8 - 18 who are family caregivers to disabled, ill or aging relatives. Youth caregivers administer medications, assist with mobility and manage household chores. Some provide personal care such as bathing or helping a loved one to the bathroom. Often overlooked, these children and teens are exhausted, stressed and falling through the cracks. Youth caregivers have high absentee rates and find it difficult to concentrate when they are in school. The American Association of Caregiving Youth recognizes and supports children who are responsible for the care of their ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Read more.