Jonathan is 15 years old and lives in Palm Beach, FL with his mother who has MS, his younger brother has a cranial disorder, and his grandmother that was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As the only able-bodied person in his home during the week, before and after school Jonathan cares for his mother, brother and grandmother while also managing his football and school schedule. He is what is becoming more known as a “teen caregiver.”
Even though there are an estimated 1.3 million kids in these roles, the U.S has still not passed any laws or legislation to support them.
“That’s a big burden to have on a 15 year old child who should be living life going to homecoming worrying about what movie he’s going to go with his friends, not hurrying up to come home to take care of his little brother and take care of his mother and take care of his grandmother,” Jonathan’s Mother Jennifer Gutierrez told VICE News. “He should not have to worry about those things. Unfortunately he does”
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