STAR Program

STAR Program

The STAR Program provides individual, family and group family support services and counseling that helps youth and their families recognize and use their strengths to address goals that are solution focused. The STAR  Program offers skills-based training groups for youth to address such issues as improving self-esteem, anger management, developing positive friendships, resisting negative peer pressure, making good choices, and developing coping skills. The program also offers parenting classes to help parents develop skills in communication, limit setting and behavior management.  While the program aims at family stability, El Paso Center for Children operates an Emergency Shelter for situations where a family is in crisis and short term respite is necessary. Youth between the ages of 10-17 may receive shelter for family respite; while a youth is placed in the shelter short term, both individual and family counseling continues.


A family must live in El Paso County and have a youth, age 17 or younger, who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Runaway: has left home without consent or was asked to leave
  • Truant: repeatedly skips school or misses class
  • In Family Conflict: involved in significant conflict at home
  • Delinquent: involved in delinquent activity, such as fights, theft or drug/alcohol use

To qualify for STAR services, youths cannot be on formal probation or have an open CPS case.  STAR services are of no cost.  The program is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

 The STAR Program also links with other local agencies to provide education for the community and to link families with local resources, as needed, in order to strengthen families and prevent child abuse.

For more information, please contact us at (915)565-5021 or visit us at 2108 N. Stevens St. El Paso, TX 79930.

This program receives annual financial support from the Texas Prevention and Early Intervention Division, United Way of El Paso County, the City of El Paso, and the US Department of Health and Human Services.






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