The Services To At Risk Youth “STAR” Program

This document describes the State of Texas STAR Program.

STAR originated in 1983 when the Texas Legislature approved a demonstration project for serving runaway and truant youth called the Services to Truants and Runaways project. By 1984 the first 15 programs were funded under grants from the Texas Department of Human Resources’ Protective Services Branch. By 1989, the
program evolved into the Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program and expanded to provide services to youth and families in all 254 Texas counties. Since those early beginnings, STAR has kept true to its original purpose of keeping youth who would otherwise “slip through the cracks” from entering the foster care and juvenile justice systems by offering youth and their families early intervention (and later, prevention) services.