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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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Ángela Quijada-Banks is a Holistic health coach for purpose-led professional and entrepreneurial-spirited women who struggle with chronic burnout. She is an NAACP Image Award Nominated, American author of the best-selling book, The Black Foster Youth Handbook: 50+ Lessons I learned to successfully age-out of foster care and holistically heal. She is the 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! As a transformational speaker and artist, she has impacted thousands with her message to alchemize your pain to purpose and power. Ángela is a scholar at Legacy Holistic Health Institute studying Holistic Health and wellness. Through her everyday work with helping young people uncover their divine purpose, performing spoken word events, facilitating workshops, and political advisory to legislators across the nation, she aims to aid in a revolutionary change in the areas of holistic health, economic injustices, child welfare disparities, cultural awareness and identity within low-wealth communities of color both on a micro and macro level.
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. Between her day-to-day adventures, Ángela enjoys traveling the world, exploring various passions such as dancing, singing, self-defense, and adrenaline rushes at amusement parks with her husband, Michael. She is lovingly called a “graceful powerhouse” by all who know her, as she authentically shares her journey with the world.