Ángela Quijada-Banks

Who is she?

Hey Purpose-Chaser!

My name is Ángela Quijada-Banks. I am a wife, certified holistic health coach, Award-winning author and foundress of Soulful Liberation with a tenaciously innovative drive for revolutionary transformation in the political, economic, health care and child welfare systems. I specialize in supporting individuals to holistically heal from the effects of child hood trauma/ colonization so that they can live in their purpose, liberate themselves and ultimately their communities!

Truth be told... I shouldn't be here right now. I shouldn't be doing what I do ...well at least, not according to what I've been through and where I come from.

And yet, like one of the greatest contradictions that ever lived-- here I stand; smiling, breathing and living abundantly in my divine purpose.

The Black Foster Youth Handbook

The Black Foster Youth Handbook :

50+ Lessons I learned to successfully Age-Out of Foster Care and Holistically Heal

Wondering what Ángela's up to ? Scroll through her portfolio below!


April 2022

Guest on the Black woman going for it podcast with X'zandria Weil

Ángela Quijada-Banks, Podcast guest on the Rose from concrete podcast with Justin Black

Panelist on the Building a trauma-informed community -Fireside chat series with CASA LA

March 2022

Episode 2 of The Diaries of a Black girl in foster care podcast ( co-hostess)

On this episode of we welcome our guests Courtney Jones, MSW and Christa Martinez, LGSW two fellow social workers with lived experience to the show. You'll hear us talk about how we have gone from being black girls in foster care to becoming child welfare experts working in the profession, being labeled as resilient and how we practice self- care.

Winner of the Literary Titan Gold Award for the Black Foster Youth Handbook!

Episode 2: Diet culture & deficiencies on Walking in Wellness with GG & T ft. Sasha Rosa ,Health coach

February 2022

Premiere of The Diaries of a Black girl in foster care podcast ( co-hostess)

The intersectionality of being Black and a young woman poses a unique set of problems for Black girls in foster care. The Diaries of Black Girls in Foster Care series addresses current cultural issues, disparities, and stereotypes that aid in poor outcomes for black girls who have experienced care.

Premiere of Walking in Wellness with GG & T Instagram Live Talk show!

Weekly wellness talks to explore what health and wellness looks like for us ✨while engaging in community conversations 🔥

Literary Titan editorial review of The Black Foster Youth Handbook

New episode on Soulful Liberation podcast-I AM SUCCESS with special guest Rimy Morris

I AM SUCCESS segment with adults with lived experience in foster care who are featured in the I AM SUCCESS workbook sharing how they transitioned out of foster care and where they are now!

New episode on Soulful Liberation podcast-I AM SUCCESS with special guest Cedric Riley

I AM SUCCESS segment with adults with lived experience in foster care who are featured in the I AM SUCCESS workbook sharing how they transitioned out of foster care and where they are now!

Panelist on the Racial disproportionality and disparity in child welfare fire side chat hosted by CASA L.A.

January 2022

Graduate from Legacy Holistic Health institute and am a certified holistic health coach!

New segment launch on Soulful Liberation podcast-I AM SUCCESS with special guest Tamisha Macklin

I AM SUCCESS segment with adults with lived experience in foster care who are featured in the I AM SUCCESS workbook sharing how they transitioned out of foster care and where they are now!

First place winner of the FireBird book awards in Personal development !

Soulful Liberation podcast-3 POWERFUL take-aways from 2021 with Ángela Quijada-Banks


October -December 2021

I Am Success workbook- youth companion guide to the Black Foster Youth Handbook launch party

Opening Spoken word artist & Closing keynote panelist at the Texas Child Care Administrators Conference- Powering Connectivity

Ángela Quijada-Banks, Semico Parson, Jamerika Haynes-Lewis

Jamerika Haynes-Lewis, Cortney Jones, supporter, Semico Parsons, Ángela Quijada-Banks, Sixto Cancel

Alexis Black, Ángela Quijada-Banks, Justin Black

Ángela Quijada-Banks, Isaiah Pickens, Tiffany Greco

4 steps to ground yourself and heal with Ángela

( workshop )

Preconference Q&A with Elyce Harris from TACFS on instagram LIVE

August - September 2021

Keynote speaker at Crossnore School and Children's home

1st year anniversary celebrating over 8,600 copies of The Black Foster Youth Handbook distributed worldwide!

7 day free virtual retreat to Uplevel your S.O.U.L care!

Keynote speaker at the Links Fall Kickoff in Raleigh,NC

7 steps to finally unlock your chakras and uncover your divine purpose (workshop)

May -July 2021

Dream casting your ideal life with Ángela on instagram LIVE

Keynote panelist at the Finding the spark conference for Texas Systems of care

Soulful Liberation's first Aspiring Authors retreat!

Supporting people who have lived experience in foster care on their journey to sharing their stories and publishing their purpose-led books!

Check for Us campaign chat-Instagram live with Sixto Cancel

Supporting and raising awareness about youth in care and with lived experience to get funding to use to uplift their wellbeing during the pandemic.

Foster Survivors Virtual Book tour

Keynote speaker for Indiana's Foster Success Normalcy Conference :

THE NEW NORMAL, Defining our future



Join us in moving FORWARD with the 50th Education Conference hosted by the National Foster Parent Association !

Register here: https://courses.nfpaconference.com/

Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles

Check out the Foster Scholars Advisory Committee on instagram!

How child welfare professionals can use The Black Foster Youth Handbook !

Like us on Facebook : Soulful Liberation

Finally Publish your book FREE EVENT !

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Foster Survivors Virtual Book Tour

January- April 2021

Recognized and Honored by Treehouse foundation as a 2021 REFCA Champion!


Treehouse is honored to shine a light on the

2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America

(REFCA) Champions - visionary foster care

alumni who are leading the nation forward.

These stellar change makers are working diligently to improve a system that they experienced - one

that disproportionately impacts our neighbors who are Black, Indigenous & people of color (POC).

These 21 REFCA Champions are award winning foster care innovators. They hail from Ohio to

Massachusetts. Washington to Connecticut. California to New York. Colorado to Florida.

Their outstanding work is done on local, regional, national and global stages. Individually, they are

giving their communities & our nation’s young people hope, resources & a compelling new roadmap.

Together, they are changing the foster care narrative while creating a more just & equitable

society. It is with great joy that we applaud this truly extraordinary group of inspiring 2021 REFCA leaders!

21 Beacons of Hope who are joining the 24 REFCA Champions from 2014 - 2020:

45 foster care alumni who are sharing their wisdom & expertise to guide the nation forward.



Featured on SHOUTOUT SoCal

A guest on the Labors of Love podcast, Listen here!

A guest on News from the Peak podcast, Listen here!

The Power of your voice workshop with Fosterpreneur

Consciously Melanated Queens, Uncover Your Divine Purpose coaching program GRADUATION LIVE!


Foster Care Conference : FORGIVENESS

Featuring Ángela Quijada-Banks, Best-selling author of The Black Foster Youth Handbook - Foster Features PodcastIn this episode featuring Ángela Quijada-Banks, an American best-selling author, Founder and CEO of Soulful Liberation ( a book publishing company and podcast), Program Director, and Holistic Health & Purpose Coach at Consciously Melanated Queens, Decolonizing educator and transformational artist.  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 a revolutionary change in holistic health, economic injustices, child-welfare disparities, cultural competency, and identity within low-wealth communities of color both on a micro and macro level. In her most recent 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 the 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. 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 excite 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?” You can find out more about Ángela Quijada-Banks at originalsoulflower.com, and purchase her book at blackfosteryouthhandbook.com and amazon.com.  Ángela's podcast, Soulful Liberation is available on Apple Podcasts.


On the Town with Tanya podcast

Foster care and sibling relationships

Foster Family Alliance:

What is the R.E.A.L success model in Black Foster Youth Handbook? Webinar w/ special guest Ángela Quijada-Banks


Join the Foster Scholars for the October Community Connections “Meet the Authors” session on Oct. 27th from 10am PDT/1pm EDT

At this session you will meet the authors who have recently published books sharing their story about their time in foster care through a children's book, a handbook, and autobiography. They will share an overview of their book, their inspiration to write it, and how they become published authors. Everyone is welcomed to participate and to listen and learn from the published authors who have a history in foster care.

Register here: http://bit.ly/The-Authors


· Dr. Deshunna Monay Ricks, “I Am Valuable”

· Angela Quijada-Banks, “The Black Foster Youth Handbook: 50+ Lessons I Learned to Successfully Age-Out of Foster Care and Holistically Heal:”

· Alexis & Justin Black, “Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love”


Featured in The Imprint news

(youth&family news)

Are You Building a Legacy or Just Hustlin'?

The Fostering Change Network :

#AlumniSuccess Speaker Series: Ángela Quijada-Banks

October 5, 2020 Release:


The FCN Foundation unites and empowers alumni of foster care globally while supporting their personal and professional endeavors and dispelling the foster care stigma.

Take a moment with #AlumniSuccess, Ángela Quijada-Banks to stop with the hustle and bustle of life and answer the question- Are you building a legacy or are you just hustlin'?

Don't forget to R.S.V.P. for her Q&A Session on October 23, 2020


Bring your questions and an open heart & mind!

The Black Foster Youth Handbook Launch Party!

First Look at The Black Foster Youth Handbook w/ Emilio (Sauce-E)

New Author Who This? with Foster Youth In Action

for more info on upcoming launch events

IG live debut on @originalsoulflower account

Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention




Art Gallery with The Empty Frames Intiative

This is a photo of me at my art gallery in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. This was one of many photos and excerpts that are featured in my latest work, The Story of foster care . The text beside it explains how it relates to my story of struggle and mindset shift while amidst the foster care system. This project was in collaboration with

The Empty Frames Initiative .

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A book, I co-authored with former foster youth, social workers and foster parents in collaboration with The Empty Frames Initiative.

Spoken word feature on Black Mental Health Matters, Stay Home for My Life Virtual Youth Fest

Hosted by Greg Dee,

"Black Mental Health Matters! So blessed to have these amazing trailblazers for social justice who are also mental health experts Victor Armstrong Kyaien Conner Sharon Wise as speakers for this week's virtual youth fest. Please join us for inspiration and enlightenment on this important topic and movement. And amazing entertainment too by @ShandrickJ Angela Quijada-Banks! This is a free event open to anyone. Register at www.bit.ly/mylifevirtual and please share! BLM "

Stay Home for my Life , Graduation speech

Fostering Change Network Foundation

Board Member

Foster Care Awareness

Stay Home for Life virtual fest

(California Youth Connection)Day at the Capitol in Sacramento, CA

Had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mara Brock Akil.


Daniel Memorial Conference in

Orlando, Florida

Facilitating workshops + featured on a panel for Child welfare reformation in Orlando, FL for the Daniel Memorial National Conference .

I was staffing 6 phenomenal youth to support their leadership and facilitation development.

We had a blast!


Black August in the Park , 2018 Raleigh North Carolina


I spoke at Senator Barringer's Celebration of the passing of House Bill 630: Rylan's Law, Family/ Child Protection and Accountability act (Left to right: Carmelita Coleman, Executive director of Sayso ; Tamara Barringer, Senator ; Jimmy Wayne, celebrity singer

Accompanying Senator Tamara Barringer on CBS news

She made announcement about House Bill 630 and Rylan's Law (Improving the Foster Care System )with the support of Sayso inc.

Casey Family Program Retreat in

Seattle, WA

National Policy Council in Washington,DC

Pictured here ( we were having a meeting with Jerry Milner, Acting Commissioner of the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services..)

The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council convenes to provide federal stakeholders with relevant and timely information as policies and procedures are created that will impact children and families throughout the country. The Council represents a collective viewpoint of youth and alumni who have personal experience in the foster care system.

The Council advises by:

  • Using their experiences in foster care to identify and inform priorities and offer ideas to improve child welfare policy

  • Educating policymakers and other stakeholders about their varied experiences in foster care

  • Analyzing effectiveness of programs and policies based on the experiences of youth in foster care

National Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington D.C

(GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS - my pod in gold lanyards featuring friends in other pods)

In 2017, I was selected from 300+ applicants to become 1 of 6 First Ever POD Leader with lived experience in the child welfare system to be apart of the monumental 3 day event of flying up to 100 youth from all over the country to Washington D.C to shadow their perspective Congressman/woman from their district. Months leading to this event, my 5 peers and the staff at the National Foster Youth Institute ( headquartered in Los Angeles) developed criteria, reviewed applicants and interviewed 100s of youth nationally. Once in D.C, the 6 of us worked tirelessly to make sure youth were clear of logistics, helped craft their story, led workshops around resources in their states, college assistance and ofcourse, cultural competence in foster care. On the final day, we marched the streets of washington D.C , documenting the day and our mission with the Hashtag #FosterYouthVoices that within minutes went viral! Many celebrites such as Ashton Kutcher and others jumped on the hashtag as well as #FosterCare and #FosterYouthVoicesMatter !

Pod leaders coached our pods of 6-15 youth/alumni and took on our days with pride --meeting the staff and congress to match a true face and story to a easily forgotten story. And by the end of the day, we had made our mark of the world.


National Foster Youth Institute with Senator Karen Bass

Winter Leadership Retreat in Los Angeles, California with Sen. Karen Bass

Meeting Congressman G.K Butterfield in Washington, DC

I met with Congressman G.K Butterfield in Washington D.C to discuss issues regarding youth of color in foster care. He graduated from North Carolina Central University, the first college I attended for two years before transferring to NC State.

Finally Publish your book FREE EVENT !

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