Event: Social Security’s Role in Lifting Children Out of Poverty

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Social Security’s role in helping children has been grossly underestimated. It supports 6.4 million children, which is twice as many as previously known. The 3.2 million additional children it helps live in extended families where someone receives benefits. The program made up 40 percent or more of these families’ income.

We discussed this and other findings of “Overlooked but Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Kids Out of Poverty” at a Congressional briefing.

Keynote speaker:
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Welcome remarks:
Dr. Carroll Estes, Professor Emerita, University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing, and Board Chair of the Center for Global Policy Solutions


  • Dr. Peter Arno, Senior Fellow, Political Economy Research Institute, U. Mass-Amherst
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP
  • Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
  • Nancy Altman, Co-founder, Social Security Works
  • Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Center for Global Policy Solutions (moderator)

Read Dr. Maya Rockeymoore’s TalkPoverty op-ed on the program’s unheralded role in children’s lives.





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