Paragon Partnership was founded in 2012 in response to the lack of resources for children aging out of the foster care system. Since the main program opened, 17 youth have participated in this program. Out of the 17, 14 of these youths successful completed the components of the supportive living program and are maintaining their independence. 60% of the participants have been able to obtain and maintain gainful employment while in the program through the generosity of community partners. The Paragon Partnership has joined forces with local agencies and the community to make a difference in the lives of local foster children during the transition of Aging Out Process. As part of an ongoing commitment to the community, The Paragon Partnership is proud to lend a voice to these youth and aid the agencies that help them.
Our mission is bridging the gaps between what the government can provide and what youth aging out of foster care need to heal and thrive.
Andrew's Place at Paragon
There is currently no program primarily for LGBTQ youths aging out of the foster care system in the state of Florida. There are only 3, including Paragon Partnership, programs in Miami-Dade County that provides housing exclusively for aged out individuals. None of the programs in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, or Palm Beach have programs exclusively for LGBTQ. Many of the youths who aged out of the system end up homeless, incarcerated, or involved in human trafficking. According to recent statistics from the Child Welfare League of America less than 3% of the 282,000 children who exit foster care this year will get their high school diploma without any supportive programs.
Andrew’s Place at Paragon will house up to 10 youths at a time.
The program duration is individual and based on the needs of the youth. The average stay at Paragon Main is approximately 2 years. Andrew’s Place at Paragon will target aged out foster children and young adults participating in extended foster care who identify as LGBTQ. Paragon Main will continue to provided beds and placements to qualified youth that may include LGBTQ individuals. Placement decisions are based on what is best of the youth and which will provide the better long term outcome.