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.
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.