The charity Carers Trust has warned of a big rise in the number of children and young people across Wales who are having to look after relatives. It says officials know of 29,000 under the age of 24.
The charity thinks the actual number could be significantly higher.
We meet one young carer from Swansea to see how much of an impact his caring role has had on his life.
Watch the report from Kelsey Redmore below:
The Neath Port Talbot area now has the highest population of young carers in the whole of the UK - an average of three in every school class.
Young carers miss or cut short around 10 school weeks a year to help care for their families.
16-year-old Luke Shaw has been a carer for most of his life and looks after his mother and sister.