The Paragon Partnership was founded in 2012 in response to the lack of resources for children aging out of the foster care system. There are only 3 programs in Miami-Dade County, including The Paragon Partnership, that provide long term housing exclusively for aged out individuals.
Since our program opened, 24 youth have participated in this program and out of the 24, 17 of these youth successfully completed the components of our 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 and participation of community partners. All of our participants are enrolled in GED, Trade School, High School or College classes and must remain so in order to maintain residency.
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 young adults and aid the agencies that assist them.
Our mission is bridging the gaps between what the government provides and what youth aging out of foster care need to heal and thrive.
Andrew's Place at Paragon
Andrew’s Place at Paragon will provide long term housing exclusively for LGBTQ youth who are unaccompanied homeless or aged out individuals.
Many of the LGBTQ youths who age out of the foster care 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 houses up to 7 young adults. Paragon Main houses up to 6 young adults (some with dependent children).
This program is individual and needs based with the average stay at Paragon Main being approximately 2 years. Andrew’s Place at Paragon will target aged out young adults participating in extended foster care who identify as LGBTQ as well as reserving two beds for homeless / unaccompanied LGBTQ young adults. Paragon Main will continue to provided beds and placements to qualified youth that may include LGBTQ individuals with two beds reserved for homeless / unaccompanied young adults. Placement decisions are based on what is in the best interest of each resident and which will provide the better long-term outcome. All of our participants are enrolled in GED, Trade School, High School or College classes and must remain so in order to maintain residency.