Bookend Caregiving network awarded Tier II funding

Dr. Elizabeth Olson of the University of North Carolina and Mr. Martin Hunnicut, in collaboration with the American Association of Caregiving Youth and the Triangle J Area Agency on Aging has been approved for a Tier II engagement award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The award represents continued support for the project titled: Bookend Caregiving: Building Networks for Comparative Research with Youth Caregivers and Older Adults. Find more information about the network on the project website:

Connie Siskowski and youth caregiving in the New York Times

IMG_0382We are grateful that Jane E. Brody has given some important attention to youth caregivers in the New York Times wellness blog this week: Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers. As so many of the comments to the article reflect, child caregiving is an important part of both the historical and contemporary care landscape in the United States.

Welcome to the CYRC

IMG_0382This collaboration builds from a workshop held in Chapel Hill, NC, in May 2015, which brought together researchers, educators, and advocates who work with caregiving youth and their families. Thanks to an interdisciplinary seed grant from the UNC Odum Institute, Elizabeth (Betsy) Olson (UNC-Geography) and Crystal Wiley-Cene (UNC-Internal Medicine)  invited participants from the fields of nursing, social work, education, and medicine to build networks and identify research priorities and opportunities.

This site has been designed in order to facilitate the work of CYRC partners and to act as a digital interface for existing and emerging research on youth caregiving. The site will be populated throughout the summer, and we encourage you to get in touch if you are interested in CYRC and the activities of its partners. With questions or interests, please contact Betsy at