Vast numbers of children and teens are caring for sick siblings, parents or elderly relatives at home — often at a cost to their own mental health.
Let’s get a little more data on the topic......
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- Fact 1: About 1.2 million youth serve as caregivers to an ill or disabled family member.
- Fact 2: A Gates Foundation study found that among young adults who dropped out of school for personal reasons, 22% said they left school to care for a family member.
- Fact 3: While the topic of child caregiving is “fairly invisible” in the US, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand are quite ahead of the US in recognizing that children under 18 are doing family caregiving.
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