Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD – www.aacy.org
Connie was educated at Johns Hopkins, Montclair State and New York University, and she obtained her PhD in 2004 from Lynn University. Connie never expected her doctoral research to uncover the high prevalence of family health situations and concomitant caregiving with detrimental academic effects upon children in Palm Beach County. Her broad background in healthcare and dedication to diminishing caregiver struggles led to the 1998 establishment of a nonprofit organization which has transformed itself to become what is now the American Association for Caregiving Youth (AACY), headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
AACY includes the Caregiving Youth Project of Palm Beach County, the first US program to support the hidden population of child caregivers, a growing affiliate network and the Caregiving Youth Institute. The needs of these children are beyond the purview of any one system so AACY integrates healthcare, education and the community (body, mind and spirit) to provide a strong foundation for the youth and their families. Her talk will include aspects of each of these systems and link the importance of wraparound support to reduce stress on youth caregivers and their families. The goal is for caregiving youth to have personal and academic success as they continue their journey to adulthood.