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This page was last updated

August 7, 2014


STAR Program:

STAR Program:

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 Children’s 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 runaway.
  • 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?

  • Outreach
  • Intake/Screening
  • 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 a week.

Who can call?

Any individual or family member seeking help, any agency or professional for client referral.  

To report abuse or neglect call Texas Abuse Hotline1-800-252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org.

Note: The 1-800 number is monitored 24 hours a day.
E-mail messages are not monitored daily.

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