My girlfriend passed away at age 23, leaving behind me (now 29)and my 2 year old daughter(now 4). She never worked or contributed to SS, but received food stamps and my daughter received Medicaid. I am a worker and have earned the qualifying amount of credits to receive benefits. I talked to a SS worker but was told that she did not qualify for any such benefit, but I am repeatedly told by others that I am. Whether its Parent benefits or Survivor benefits they are referring to is unknown, but are adamant enough for me to look into.