Caring For Disabled Children Puts Strain On Parents

Oct 11, 2016

Some parents of adult children with disabilities have health issues they say are caused or worsened by the stress of being caregivers.
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Adults with disabilities often face long waiting lists for services or placements in group homes. This leaves parents filling the role of primary caregiver, often with little outside help.

In recent years, there have been multiple incidents of parents in the Chicago suburbs killing their adult children with disabilities and then killing themselves or trying to kill themselves. 

These tragedies prompted the Daily Herald to look at the pressures caregiver parents face. Marie Wilson wrote a series of stories on that topic. Illinois Issues editor Jamey Dunn talked with Wilson about her stories. 

You can find Wilson's stories here:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three