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Caregiving Youth and AACY Video Gallery

A index of the AACY and Caregiving Youth Videos is provided here.  Click on the title of the video you're interested in.  You will be taken to the appropriate article.

ABC News Children Caregivers Face Difficult Challenges

ABC News's Josh Elliott aired this program about some of the problems caregiving youth face.  Thie problems are often exacerbated by their reluctance to let anyone know  what's going on at home.


CNN Heroes Tribute Segment

The segment about Connie Siskowski and the Association of Caregiving Youth on the CNN Tribute program is available by clicking on the title above.

Frontline--Dropout Nation

FRONTLINE -Dropout Nation

FRONTLINE takes you inside a former "dropout factory" in Houston, Texas, for an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily struggle to get them to graduation.


Another AACY and United Way Success Story

The United Way of Palm Beach County


Caregiving Youth Across Generations

Caregiving Youth Across Generations. Past and present caregivers share their personal stories to explain and bring awareness to the life as a caregiving youth.


Ending the Silence

We know from research and the experience of our community that many Canadian youth are caregivers. But because little is known about youth caregivers, they do not receive enough support. The "Ending the Silence" project helps our community learn about the lives of our youth caregivers.

AACY is the only national organization dedicated to the support of kids who care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Conservative estimates of the number of caregiving youth nationwide exceed 1.4 million kids. AACY's model program, the Caregiving Youth Project, in full partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, now serves more than 500 caregiving youth and their families in 8 middle schools and 17 area high schools.


Dr. Stephen Goldstein Interviews Dr. Siskowski and Caregiving Youth

BECON TV prepared this Dr. Stephen Goldstein interviewed Dr. Siskowski and several caregiving youth. This is an hour-long program.


Geoff Morrell - ABC News

Geoff Morrell of ABC News describes the lives of Francis Arthur and Maggie Ornstein.  Francis is a high-school aged caregiver, and Maggie, now in her twenties, has been a caregiver since high school.  Gail Gibson Hunt of the National Alliance for Caregiving and Professor Saul Becker, University of Birmingham England also appear in the clip.



Help for Children Who are Caregivers

Frances Shani Parker, author of "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes,” writes the Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog. Topics include news, practices, and insights related to eldercare, hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, dementia, caregiving, death, bereavement, and seniors in America.  On August 14, 2010 she posted an article and video about Help for Children Who are Caregivers. 


T.E.N. Reports on AACY Kickoff

The Education Network  (T.E.N. reports on AACY activities as AACY goes national.

GROWN UP KIDS A Film by Robyn Symo

"Grown Up Kids", once funded, will portray the lives of several youth caregivers over a period of time to show how,with the recognition and support of the Caregiving Youth Project, their lives change(Link to CYP site). The production will ultimately be natioanlly aired on PBS. The Palm Beach County Education Commission is serving as the fiscal agent for the film production.

New York Times: Role Reversal

Diana Oliva Cave and Pam Belluck of the New Your Times have report on "ROLE REVERSAL: When a child becomes a caregiver"

Network Television Stories

Watch Alan Gerstel of the Education Network (T.E.N) report on the American Association of Caregiving Youth's (AACY) kick off celebration of going national.

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Crusader for Caring Youth


Caregiving expert Jana Panarites engages with professionals in the field of aging and unsung heroes: people caring for family members, friends and relatives amid the demands of their own lives.  Use our search feature at the top of this page to find episodes where guests talk about issues of specific interest to you. Tune in for tips, useful links and entertaining stories of unwavering courage from the field.  Laugh, cry, share and know you’re not alone.

Episode 67: Crusader For Caregiving Youth

Dr. Connie Siskowski founded the Florida-based American Association of Caregiving Youth to meet the needs of eight to eighteen-year-olds who sacrifice their health, education and childhoods to care for relatives or household members who are ill, disabled or elderly,... Listen to Podcast

Groundbreaking - Medication Administration and Management by Caregiving Youth

So proud of medical student (UM Miller School of Medicine) Maggie Nickels and the amazing work she is doing to bring awareness to medication administration and management by caregiving youth. As the first work of its kind in the USA, her work under the supervision of Dr. Julia Belkowitz, is ground breaking as it will show dimensions of caregiving by middle and high school students not otherwise considered by most. She is pictured here at her poster presentation at the FL Chapter Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Orlando.

Read more here!


No Time Off - by Teaching Tolerance

Illustration by Rob Dobi

Millions of students in the United States leave school each day only to begin their “second shift”: out-of-school responsibilities such as employment, caregiving or parenting, or some combination thereof. For these students, classes are just one of multiple pressures shaping their lives—and the pressures often take a toll. These young people are at risk of disengagement, chronic absenteeism and dropping out altogether. 

Educators may not always see the warning signs. Becoming attuned to the circumstances of children and teenagers with heavy out-of-school responsibilities takes training and practice, but itis possible, and the results can change lives. Knowing students’ stories and recognizing their competing pressures is the first step toward connecting them to necessary supports.

Read the entire article at http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/tt54-fall-2016/feature/no-time


The Indiana Youth Institute Interviews Lynne Durbin and Connie Siskowski

Forum for Nonprofits is a radio show designed to provide nonprofit organizations with a valuable public platform for explaining their mission and requesting financial support. Ann Faraone and Debralyn Belletieri were recently on the Forum for Nonprofits radio show in Boca Raton.  The half hour show airs each Sunday morning on Beasley Broadcast Group's WSBR 740 AM at 6:30 AM and WWNN 1470 AM at 7:30a.m


Lynne Durbin and Connie Siskowski recently were recently interviewed by The Indiana Youth Institute.  IYI promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.  IYI's weekly KIDS COUNT® Radio Show is a 30-minute public affairs program that brings a fresh, compelling look at issues affecting Hoosier kids and parents.  The show discusses key issues and provides applicable tips and resources. Guests include youth development experts, authors, educational and government leaders and Indiana youth workers. Will be available to listen to October 4th. 

American Academy of Pediatrics Editorial


Eleven-year-old Deborah Brown lined up 12 pills. It was a potent mix of medications, including seco barbital, phenobarbital and meth
aqualone. Even a small mistake in dosing could be fatal. Th pills were for Deborah’s mother to be taken every six hours to ease the pain of aggressively metastasizing cancer.
Deborah frequently cut school to make sure her mother was all right. One day, she found her passed out and bleeding. “The day I found my mother in the bathtub, I thought I had killed her,” Deborah said.  But her mother had a pulse, and Deborah helped her into bed.

Despite the trauma, Deborah continued to help care for her mother, in addition to cooking, cleaning and minding two younger brothers.

Deborah was 12 when her mother died. Her father took on extra hours at work to pay the medical bills, so she continued to run her family’s household.

READ the full article here


Dispute Partners with the American Association of Caregiving Youth

Partnership provides medical bill review and negotiation services to members
CHICAGO, Sep. 9, 201 5 / Dispute, one of the nation's fastest growing providers of consumer medical billing advocacy and negotiation services, today announced a new partnership with the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY). Through this partnership, the AACY will be able to recommend Dispute’s personalized review and consultation services for families facing medical expenses. This partnership is designed to give relief to AACY and to AACY families by leveraging Dispute’s national network of experienced medical billing advocates to identify potential cases of overbilling, error, and fraud. Read Full Release

"The Hidden Population of Caregivers" by A Place for Mom

The Hidden Population of Caregivers

Posted On 27 May 2014
The reality is stark: there are over 1.4 million youth caregivers from age 8-18. These teens have found themselves thrust into the role of a caregiver for their disabled, ill or senior family members. The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) calls these young caregivers a “hidden population,” because they suffer from a systemic lack of support from their schools and communities.   Read the posting here.


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