If the parents are addicts, you KNOW that the kids will have the benefit of little of the money.
I was just reading something about how expensive it is to be poor.
A train of thought was started by the "addict" thing. Some people are undoubtedly addicts. But there are other people who might not be addicts in any real sense, just people without the best possible judgment who did inhale at the party last Friday.
When I worked with people who were on various types of social services and were trying to get a job and become responsible, it was a long process, lasting at least months and sometimes years. They didn't instantly learn everything they needed to know -- there were often damaging habits and a lack of responsibility. Lots of reasons, from inadequate education to bad family environments, much more.
A lot of the progress was two steps forward, one step back. Then another three steps forward -- I saw so many people genuinely turn their lives around in lasting ways, but it usually wasn't a quick or easy process.
I'd hate to think of these people being tested at some point on the way and losing their kids' benefits. That would have seriously derailed many of my clients' progress. (And a significant percentage of them didn't have anyone else they could designate to receive benefits on their kids' behalf. The kids' dads often were the ones with serious drug issues.)
So of course that brings up the question, if they knew they'd lose benefits if they did inhale (or whatever), would they not do it in the first place? I just don't think so.