Tamara Vest was once a foster youth and a homeless teen. Today, she’s a social worker sharing a message of hope.
Tamara Vest was 9 years old when her father, who was her solo caregiver, died of lung cancer.
“They had to carry me out of the funeral home because I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him,” Vest told TODAY Parents. “It had always been just the two of us. I didn’t have anyone else.”
Vest’s mother, an addict, had been out of the picture since she was a baby, and her older brother and his wife were awarded custody. Vest, then in fourth grade, moved into their home across town in Lexington, Kentucky.
“From day one, they made it very clear that they didn’t want me,” Vest, 25, revealed. “Every night that I spent in that house, I had dinner alone while they sat together in another room.”
But that wasn’t even the worst of it. During the six years that Vest lived under their roof, she said she was subjected to emotional and physical abuse…
Growing up, Vest always had one constant in her life: The kindness of social workers…
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