Military Families and Veterans Pilot Prevention Program
The purpose of the Military Families and Veterans Pilot Prevention Program is:
- To improve the well-being of Texas military and veteran families by promoting positive parental involvement in their children’s lives.
- To educate, facilitate, and otherwise support the abilities of parents to provide continued emotional, physical, and financial support for their children.
- To build a community coalition of local stakeholders who are focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
- To prevent child abuse and neglect occurrences in military communities.
These prevention services are free to eligible military and veteran families that:
- Include a “primary caregiver” who is an active duty or former military member, National Guard member, Ready Reserve member, veteran, military retiree, or their dependents.
- Include a child (who is zero to 17 years of age).
- Are expecting a child who will be identified as the “target child” for services.
This program benefits the entire family unit and provides necessary supports to our military veterans and families.
Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)
The STAR program is available in all 254 Texas counties. PEI contracts with community agencies to offer crisis-counseling for families, individual and family counseling, emergency short-term respite care, as well as youth and parent skills classes. STAR serves families with youth through 18 years old who are dealing with conflict at home, school attendance issues, delinquency, or have a youth who has run away from home. In FY 2017, the STAR program served 24,974 youth and 19,498 parents or other primary caregivers. STAR contractors also provide prevention material and educational presentations that serve everyone in the community.
Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)
The SYSN program makes community and evidence-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs available to youth ages 6-17 in each DFPS region. Services include school and community-based mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. The program served 4,015 clients in FY 2017.