Welcome to American Association of Caregiving Youth!
Vision of AACY - that every youth caring for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members will achieve success in school and life.
Mission of AACY – to increase awareness and provide support services for youth caregivers and their families by connecting them with Healthcare, education and community resources.
Who are Caregiving Youth?
Caregiving Youth are children and adolescents who are 18 years of age or younger and who provide significant or substantial assistance, often on a regular basis, to relatives or household members who need help because of physical or mental illness, disability, frailty associated with aging, substance misuse, or other condition. Learn more!
Listen to Dr. Ann Faraone discuss youth caregivers on ArtistFirst.com Radio Network with Harriet Tramer from Jan 17, 2018.
What it's like to care for multiple family members at age 15
Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother, who has MS; his younger brother, who has a cranial disorder; and his grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Jonathan, the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, cares for his mother, brother and grandmother before and after school, while simultaneously managing his football and school schedule. See the HBO segment at https://news.vice.com/en_us/ar ticle/paqdny/what-its-like-to- take-care-of-multiple-family- members-at-age-15
AACY would like to thank The Palm Beach Post for selecting and sharing the Cius Family’s story in your Season to Share article.
Caring.com published an article about how young caregivers in the U.S. face adult challenges. It discusses how caregiving has profound impact on children and teens. Here's a link to the article: Young Caregivers in the U.S. Face Adult Challenges
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The latest blog in the Back to School Series of the APA Public Interest Directorate’s Psychology Benefits Society is “The Hidden Population of Caregiving Youth in Our Schools” written by Ann Farone, EdD (Director of Education Services, American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD (Founder, AACY), and Carol D. Goodheart, EdD (APA 2010 President). It discusses the challenges caregiving youth may face, both at home and at school, and how schools can identify and support these students. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2xLyT4p
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Matrix Care Introduces 2K4Care Program
MatrixCare, the largest long term post-acute care (LTPAC) technology provider in the United States, introduces the 2K4Care program as a new component of the MatrixCare Gives corporate philanthropy initiative. The MatrixCare 2K4Care program recognizes the hard work and dedication of caregivers by awarding $1,000 each month to a caregiver of a MatrixCare Home Care client for utilizing the mobile time and attendance or telephony solutions. Each clock-in and clock-out event generates an additional opportunity for that caregiver to win the monthly drawing. In addition, MatrixCare will donate $1,000 each month to the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), a non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, Florida, that assists youth who serve as a caregiver for someone in their own home.. Read More