The Black Foster Youth Handbook :

50+ Lessons I learned to successfully Age-Out of Foster Care & Holistically Heal by Ángela Quijada-Banks

Foster Care is a whole other world that most of the world’s population knows little to nothing about. Many people do not know the very low statistics young people endure in order to successfully age-out of foster care.

Less than 5% of young people with the experience of foster care graduate post-secondary education. There are many youth who become prey to sex-trafficking or susceptible to suicide due to homelessness, mental health challenges and no support system. Now, couple the child welfare system with the element of racial injustices and the history of white supremacy and the topic may even become taboo.

Ángela Quijada-Banks, a woman of African and Indigenous descent has taken the liberty of giving back to these communities for a half a decade through advocacy, advisory and organizational training. Through her travels across the nation, speaking to congressional members, federal stakeholders and constituents of the foster care system she decided some sort of manual was needed to combat the shocking low success rates of young people with the background of foster care. This handbook is written to be supplemental to young people in foster care’s navigation through foster care and healing beyond it.

Supportive adults such as foster/resource parents, case managers, GALs, therapists and social workers will also find this to be helpful in their roles in young people’s lives. Success is possible regardless of where you come from, you just have to know where to look, who to trust and believe in the one person that can get you to the other side of pain and trauma, you.

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The Black Foster Youth Handbook: 50+ Lessons I learned to successfully AGE-OUT of foster care and Holistically Heal

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Learn more about the author , Ángela Quijada-Banks

Ángela Quijada-Banks is a NAACP Image Award Nominated, American best-selling author, highly requested transformational speaker and holistic wellness coach. She is the Foundress and Founder of Soulful Liberation which started as a podcast to support young people with trauma navigate their healing journey during the pandemic and has expanded into a movement to liberate one's self and community! From this work, she founded Consciously Melanated Queens; a community to support young women of color to uncover their divine purpose and holistically heal. As Ángela is continuing to make an impact in her community, she has been recognized by many awards including the Outstanding Young Leader award and the 2021 ReEnvisioning Foster Care in America Award. On the Soulful Liberation podcast she aims to empower foster youth by day and break generational curses by night. Through her everyday work with helping young people uncover their divine purpose, performing spoken word events, workshops and political advisory to legislators across the nation, she aims to aid in revolutionary change in holistic health, economic injustices, child-welfare disparities, cultural awareness and identity within low-wealth communities of color both on a micro and macro level.

In her first self-published best-selling book, The Black Foster Youth Handbook she sheds light on a taboo topic through her own personal experience highlighting 50+ lessons she learned in order to support young people's journey and equip them with necessary tools to successfully age-out of foster care and holistically heal.

Born in Anaheim, CA her reach has spanned across the nation and in several countries. And for her this is only the beginning of her movement to promote generational soulful liberation of self and community. Since the age of three years old, when she was first introduced to swing dancing she has always come back to it even in the most unstable of circumstances.To this day, Ángela is still open to learning new things that excites her including Kung Fu and drumming. Between her day to day adventures, Ángela enjoys traveling the world and adrenaline rushes at amusement parks with her husband, Michael. She is lovingly called a “graceful powerhouse” by all who know her, as she lives by the quote, “ If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”