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The national resource for the support of children who are caring for 
ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. 
National News
What it's like to take care of multiple family members at age 15
This segment originally aired December 18, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.  
Wow! over 700 thousand views already! 
Vice News Video 
New Resource Partner
Thank you to The Elizabeth Dole Foundation for listing AACY as a resource for youth caregivers of any member of a military family.
Health and Human Services News
This note, subsequent to meeting on Nov. 9th, provides hope that FINALLY caregiving youth will have some deserved attention at HHS in Washington, DC!
In The News And Raising Awareness

Speaking Opportunities
It was an honor to share information about AACY and the Caregiving Youth Project with the many attendees at Brookdale Foundation's RAPP Conference in Denver! Seehttp://www.brookdalefoundation.org/

Pediatric Medical Professionals learned about caregving youth at Grand Rounds at Jackson Memorial with Dr. Belkowitz, Dr. Siskowski, and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MD/MPH student Nadine Najjar who is working on policy issues on behalf of youth caregivers! Watch for the 2018 publication in Florida Pediatric News.

Bookend Caregiving is developing in Chapel Hill, NC under the leadership of Dr. Betsy Olson of UNC and Martin Hunicutt of Duke.
Resource Book
Readers will get a frank description of the challenges faced by many teen caregivers. Teens who are immersed in this life already can find resources and organizations for support, as well as sound advice for coping in tough times. 
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Boca Raton's Promise generously contributed to the AACY purchase of 65 of the 2018 published book, "I'm a Teen Caregiver. Now What?" with this label  "when life (for youth caregivers)  
becomes difficult." The AACY team will be distributing the books to all Boca Raton middle and high schools as well as other Boca caregiving related resources. Thank you Rita Thrasher and your program for helping to raise awareness about youth caregiving and what can be done to make life a little easier! Please let us know if you would like to sponsor a similar project for your community.  
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The mission of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers across Arizona through Collaborative Partnerships, Advocacy, Resources, and Respite Support. Our vision is that all Arizona Family Caregivers have Hope and Resources to overcome obstacles of care in our urban and rural communities.
Arizona Caregiver Coalition is now an AACY Affiliate. Welcome! 
Season to Share
Generous high school student is ailing mother's caregiver
As a single working parent in Delray Beach, Jocelyne Cius sought the best for her children. But health problems including diabetes and hypertension have led to amputations of her hand and five toes, as well as blindness in one eye. At 53, she is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. Her children Jerry Cius, 21, and Caregiving Youth Participant Joanne Cadet, 18, devote much of their time to caring for her.
Saddle Up
Winners of the Essay Writing Contest were Angela Crocitto, Sefania Jacques, and David Florez. These senior students were presented with cash prizes from the BOMAR Foundation at the western themed "Saddle Up for Caregiving Youth" event on November 11th.  
Caregiving Youth Institute News
Author, Michelle Sherman, PhD. is a new member the Caregiving Youth Research Collaborative.
Her book helps teens to:
  • Understand the causes, symptoms, and treatments of mental illness
  • Learn coping skills
  • Sort through complex feelings
  • Deal with friends
  • Identify resources and find hope
For information on the Caregiving Youth Institute click below  
Plan to Attend
Local? Here is a way to help
Join Boca West Children's Foundation for a "Walk in the Woods" to raise money for 25 local children's charities including AACY. Walk the beautiful Boca West Country Club Fazio golf course while enjoying music played by students from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, as well as light
food fare, wine, and other beverages.        
$50 per registrant
   Monday, February 5, 2018 
Fazio Golf Course
at the Boca West Country Club  
Call Gerry 561.391.7401
to reserve your ticket. 

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