In this op-ed, CGPS President and CEO Maya Rockeymoore discusses how the debate on Social Security reform focuses on seniors and ignores children.

The national focus on Social Security’s benefits for seniors obscures its role as one of the largest antipoverty programs for children. Without Social Security, the child poverty rate would skyrocket to 43 percent nationally, reaching nearly 60 percent in black communities.

New research, “Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out Of Poverty,” finds that nearly 6.4 million (or 1 in 10) children benefit from the program, receiving benefits directly, or indirectly because they live in a household with a family member who receives benefits.