STAR Program

The STAR Program Strives To:


·       Help families resolve crises that threaten their capacity to live together;

·       Help families establish and achieve goals that strengthen and promote their health and well-being;

·       Help parents manage their parental responsibilities;

·       Ensure the safety of youth who are away from home.


Universal Child Abuse Prevention Services


The Gulf Bend Center STAR Program provides universal child abuse prevention services to the community at-large.  Activities include public relations, community events, printed material and information regarding child abuse and prevention.  These efforts should increase general knowledge and awareness of child abuse and neglect, and identify resources and improve support to parents to help reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. 

Please contact
Gulf Bend STAR Program for more information regarding Universal Child Abuse Prevention Services for your group or agency.


STAR Program Services


Gulf Bend Center provides family support services to at-risk children and their families through funding provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program.

Services available include:


·       Family Counseling (home and school-based):  Short-term, goal-oriented counseling is provided and is designed to deal with the current crisis situation.  We help families use their own skills and strengths to help themselves.

·       Crisis Intervention:  A 24-hour Hot Line is maintained to assist families in managing difficult family situations.

·       Case Management:  Families are linked to community resources when other services are needed for their health and well-being.

·       Skills Training:  Skills training is offered in parenting, family communication, conflict resolution, anger management and more.


What are Services to At-Risk Youth?



·       Strengthen and stabilize families.

·       Prevent runaway, truancy and participation in delinquent behavior.

·       Help families and youth learn to resolve crisis.

·       Help families and youth develop coping skills.


Who is Eligible?


·       Children and youth ages 0-17 who are experiencing family conflict, who have runaway or who have been truant.

·       Children ages 7-9 who commit any delinquent offense.

·       Non-adjudicated youth ages 10-17 who commit misdemeanors and/or state jail felony offenses.


Services Provided:


·       Free short-term counseling offered in home or office setting.

·       24-hour crisis intervention.

·       Training for parents and youth.

·       Follow-up support and services.

·       Emergency residential placement.




Contact Numbers:


(361) 582-2347
Monday – Friday
8 am5pm


(877) 876-7827
Evenings – Weekends – Holidays
STAR Program Locations:

Calhoun County
Port Lavaca, TX
361.649.9486 or

DeWitt County
361.649.9511 or

Lavaca County
361.649.9511 or

Jackson County
361.649.9486 or

Victoria County - Main Office
Nursery Drive
Victoria, Texas 77904
361.582.2347 or


6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, Texas 77904

Monday - Friday
8 am - 5 pm

24-Hour Crisis Hotline
1 (877) 723-3422
1 (877) SAFEGBC
(the Crisis Hotline will address both mental health & substance use issue)

(361) 575-0611
Toll Free:
(800) 421-8825
Medical Records Fax: (361) 578-5500
Administration Fax: (361) 578-0506



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