Why youth caregivers?

According to a 2005 report by The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), there are at least 1.3 million caregiving youth between the ages of 8-18 in the United States.

Driven by the deepening healthcare crisis, more adults are turning to their children as primary caregivers.

A growing body of research points to the potential life-long effects of caregiving on your adults including poor academic performance or dropping out of school and psychological trauma.

More academic environments are reporting a rising number of children dropping out of school to care for a family member.

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) reports, youth caregivers are twice as likely as their peers to suffer from depression, to feel worthless and unloved.


John B. Goodman

With a mission to make the world a better place, and a commitment to providing leadership to foster personal growth and achievement through education, John B. Goodman along with his father Sidney A. Goodman, founded Caregivers Support Network™ in 1990. Since its creation, Caregivers Support Network™ has supported youth caregivers through chapters in Minnesota and Florida, with educational scholarships. Caregivers Support Network™ celebrates youth caregivers as heroes and provides them with the resources to become successful adults.

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