Texas Youth Permanency Study

The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) is focused on determining the outcomes & opportunities for youth involved in the Texas foster Care System. 

The Study




Researchers at The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin are conducting a study to understand experiences related to foster care and adoption. Researchers leading this study include Dr. Monica Faulkner, Dr. Tina Adkins, Dr. Alfred Pérez and Tymothy Belseth. In 2017, the research team conducted a pilot study of TYPS. Learn more about what they found here


Interviews and surveys will begin in Summer 2018 with youth 14 years of age, who are living in foster care as teenagers. Youth who participate in the interview and survey will be asked to share information about their experiences in foster care.  The hope is that this study will help researchers understand factors related to permanency and transitioning out of foster care. We want to better understand how different experiences and relationships shape a youth's trajectory through foster care and into young adulthood.

Interviews will be coordinated so that they are held at days and times convenient to most youth. Interviews will take place over the phone, Skype, or other video conferencing services, depending on the youth's preference. Surveys will be administered online and can be completed from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Interviews and surveys will take about 30 minutes to complete. To thank youth for their time participating in the study, they will receive a $50 gift card for each portion of the study (up to $100, per year). If you or someone you know are interested in this study, please contact the research coordinator Tymothy Belseth by phone  512-232-0647 or by email at Tymothy.Belseth@austin.utexas.edu


This study has been approved by The University of Texas at Austin’s Institutional Review Board (IRB # 2016-10-0140)


TYPS Sheet for adoptive families

TYPS Sheet for Adoptive Families

This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for adoptive parents from youth based on their experiences in care. Released November 2018. You…
TYPS Sheet for MH

TYPS Sheet for Mental Health Professionals

This “TYPS sheet” highlights recommendations for mental health professionals from youth based on their experiences in care. Released September 2018.…
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TYPS Researchers Present Pilot Findings in Houston, April 19th, 2018

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Interested in participating in the study? Call or email Tymothy Belseth at Tymothy.belseth@austin.utexas.edu 512.232.0647

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