Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) is a program of the
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The goal of the STAR Program is to
reduce and prevent problems of runaway, truancy, family conflict, and delinquent behavior
through the provision of timely and appropriate short-term services to eligible youths and
their families. Priority is placed on supporting and strengthening the family unit. In
Harris County, STAR services are provided through a unique collaboration involving the
Harris County CPS-TRIAD Prevention Program, and the DePelchin Childrens Center.
Who is eligible for STAR Services?
- Runaway Youth: A youth who has left home without parental
permission or who has no identifiable residence. Youths whose parents or caretakers have
told them to leave, or who have consented to their departure may also be considered a
- Truant Youth: A youth that has been voluntarily absent
from school for reasons other than those accepted by the school where he/she is enrolled.
- Youth in Family Conflict: A youth and/or family who
request services as a result of significant family conflict.
- Seven, Eight, and Nine Year Olds Involved in a Delinquent
Offense: A 7, 8, 0r 9 year old who commits a delinquent offense.
- Youth Ages 10-16 Who is Involved in a Misdemeanor or State
Jail Felony Offense: A youth ages 10 through 16 who commits a misdemeanor offense or a
state jail felony offense who has not been adjudicated or found delinquent by the court. A
pre-adjudicated and/or deferred adjudicated youth is eligible.
What services does the STAR Program provide?
- Crisis Intervention
- Case Planning
- Short Term Counseling (Home Based)
- Skills-Based Training for Parents and Youths
- Emergency Residential Services
How do I access STAR Services?
To access STAR Services simply dial the Harris
County STARLINE at
The STARLINE accepts calls 24 hrs. a day, 7 days
Who can call?
Any individual or family member seeking help, any agency or
professional for client referral.