How do you explain the employment gap when you have spent 1-3 years caring for your child? My son has been hospitalized for 8 months due to a fungal infection that was deadly and he was not suppose to live. But he is living and will under go numerous surgeries and they still have to try and go back to treat the leukemia. This makes an employer think you are not a reliable candidate for a position if you provide the truth. My family has no income and we will loose the home my children have only known. My son who is sick is 20 and my daughter is 23 and we all need to live and eat. Opportunities are just not available for family's like ours.