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Whose Security? What Social Security Means to Children and Families

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Publication Date: February 2005

Publisher(s): Columbia University. National Center for Children in Poverty

Author(s): Nancy K. Cauthen

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: social security

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Over 7 percent of all children in the United States benefit from Social Security. Most of them receive support through the survivor and disability components of the program. These insurance protections have kept many middle- and low-income families from falling into poverty.