Timothy Bell is a son of the State of Washington where he grew up in foster care for over six years before “aging out” at age eighteen. While in foster care he experienced his very first healthy relationships, some of which survive to today. Now, at 27, he is a local, state, national, and international advocate for young people in and from foster care.
Aside from his duties on the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, Tim helps coordinate a youth board in the state of Washington called Passion to Action, is the President of the Washington State chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America, and advocates for youth rights and youth voice in Japan through an organization called the International Foster Care Alliance.
He hopes to be a life long learner with the next stage of that process being a law and/or graduate degree. Throughout his life, Tim has experienced multiple, though brief, periods of homelessness, near constant struggles with mental health, and has witnessed his brothers and sisters from care constantly under-perform. It is because of these struggles that he stands ready to help address the problems facing foster youth and foster families.