Services To At Risk Youth (STAR) PROGRAM

The Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) Program provides services to youth who are in at-risk situations and their families.  To help youth and their families resolve crisis that threaten their capacity to live together, to develop skills to cope with problems and stresses in their homes, to help parents resume and maintain their parental responsibility, and provide short term placement for youths when their immediate return home is not advisable.

Eligibility : Youth age 0-19 who are:

Runaways– Youth 7 through 19 who have left home without Parental permission or who have no identifiable residence. Youth who have parents or caretakers that told them to leave, or who have consented to their departure may also be considered as runaways. Abandoned youth whose parents or managing conservator cannot be located, or who have neither permitted the youth to return home nor arranged for the youth’s care after the youth has been absent from the home for any reason, including having runaway.

Truancy– Youth ages 5 through 17 who have been voluntarily absent from school for reasons other than those accepted by the school where they are enrolled or should be enrolled.

Family Conflict– Youth ages 0 through 17 and their family members who are experiencing family conflict.

Delinquent Behavior– Youth ages 7 through 9 who have allegedly been involved in or committed a delinquent offense.

Youth ages 10 through 16 who have allegedly committed a misdemeanor offense or state jail felony, but have not been adjudicated delinquent by a court of law. Pre-adjudicated or informally adjudicated youth and deferred adjudicated youth are eligible.

Services Offered to Youth and Families

  • Around the clock Crisis Intervention
  • Conflict Resolution,
  • In-Home Family Counseling,
  • Youth Skills Training
  • Parent Skills Training
  • Linkage with Community Resources
  • Short Term Respite Care
  • Case Planning
  • Follow-up
  • English/Spanish/Sign Language Counseling

SERVICES OFFERED IN CHEROKEE, FREESTONE, AND ANDERSON COUNTIES

Program Coordinator- Janette Maldonado- Johnson

Cherokee County Office:
913 N. Jackson
Jacksonville, Texas 75766
(903) 586-3175 
Fax: (903) 589-6745
Anderson County Office:
3320 S. Loop 256
Palestine, Texas 75801
(903) 723-6136
Fax: (903) 723-3628

STAR CRISIS HOTLINE 1-877-811-1289
AVAILABLE 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK
FUNDED BY TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES