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20-year old Rachel Parks has been taking care of her mother since she was 17.
Youth Caregivers Fight to Finish School

Why do students drop out of high school, and what can be done to prevent it?
One answer to that question is that they drop out to take care of sick family members. More than 22 percent of high school dropouts left school to take care of someone else. This week’s Florida Matters focuses on the problem and what help is available for these youth caregivers.
Panel members Dr. Donna Cohen with the Department of Child and Families at the University of South Florida and Elizabeth Olden, the mother of a youth caregiver, share their insight and expertise on the topic.

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