Young Children Providing Care

When we think of an individual being provided care from one of their children, we think of this caregiver as an adult. However, this past Sunday, the StarTribune published a few articles on Minnesotan children, ages 9 to 18, providing care to their parents who are too sick to care for themselves and their families. There is an alarming amount of children in the United States who take on the responsibility of caring for their parents and family, according to the articles. Here are some of the hard hitting points from these child caregiver stories:

  • In the United States, 1.3 million to 1.4 million children between the ages 8 and 18 provide care to a parent or grandparent, according to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).
  • 56 percent of these children ages 8 to 18 who provide care report feeling sad or depressed, also found by the NAC survey.
  • 22 percent of American high-school dropouts indicated caring for a family member as a reason, according to a Gates Foundation study.

For the StarTribune’s full stories on these child caregivers, click here.

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