Tymothy Belseth is a research coordinator with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Tymothy is passionate about foster care and the challenges older youth face during their transition from adolescence to adulthood. He has worked as an internal advocate with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and worked tirelessly to ensure that youth voice was present in policy and practice. He also facilitated youth leadership councils and empowered foster youth to find their voice and successfully advocate for change at the legislative level. Tymothy also performs consultative services for states and child welfare organizations to better understand the importance of youth voice and how to implement it to improve the foster care experience. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2012 and earned a master’s degree in political science from Texas State University in 2016.