Society and caregiving 2


We are getting the word out there, but our goal is to challenge legislation and to get the support. And if they can’t afford to give us support, at least give the children the recognition that they want. Because they feel that, a lot of them, the common thing that we get is “We feel that they favour the adults more than the youth,” because they feel that the youth have the energy, they have the—they’re young; they’ve assumed that we have the time to do this. But to juggle between the family, education, social life...

Social life is the big thing. I think that’s one of the things that I do wish that…because of this experience I missed out on a lot. Not much of my high school career, but my early 20s was basically looking after dad. So I missed out on a lot of those experiences.

It’s hard work.  But there’s good times and bad times, but I think there’s more of a sacrifice on the youth caregivers’ part. They’re sacrificing their education, their social life.  And that’s the thing. I think the government needs to know that social life is, I think, the most—well I have to say—the most important part of a kid’s life, because that’s what helps us to learn how to be around people and society, and to work together. And I think if we, if the experience isn’t there, […] it’s really hard to regain that, that sense of social life. Like I said, I’m still struggling to fit in with my friends. And they know what I went through now, but even still, it’s still difficult. So, I think there’s more of a sacrifice for the youth because we don’t have the support from the government. We still feel that they just don’t…they see it as a way of life for us and it’s expected of us because we’re young. But I think it’s more of a sacrifice for youth.

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