Youth Caregivers-They need respite, too!
September 17, 2015
It is hard to even begin to imagine that children, who are also students, are thrust into the complexities imposed by caregiving responsibilities! They have no experience bank, and like many adults, they receive little education about the “how tos” of caregiving, yet more and more children are in this role…and they need respite too! Children all over our country are sacrificing their education, health, well-being and childhood to provide care for family members who are ill, injured, aging or have disabilities. Learn how your agency, service or program can provide respite to the most vulnerable youth caregivers and transform their lives to help them to become healthy productive adults!
The American Association of Caregiving Youth is now entering its 10th year of providing support services to caregiving youth through its model Caregiving Youth Project in Palm Beach County, FL. Presenters include Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, and Cara Zimmerman, MSW with the American Association for Caregiving Youth (AACY), headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD is the founder and director of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY®), a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY® is the only organization of its kind in the United States for addressing the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for family members who are unable to manage life independently.
Cara Zimmerman, MSW, is the Care Coordinator for the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the American Association of Caregiving Youth. As Care Coordinator, Cara conducts home assessments and follow up home visits with linkages to many resources, including respite for families of CYP participants.
ABC News Clip
Public Service Announcement
AACY News Video,
About Caregiving Youth Project (CYP)
What is Youth Caregiving Like?
Article from the Washington Post
Global Social Policy Article on Young Carers
US and International Caregiver Youth Facts
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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