About Starr

In 1913 a young man named Floyd Starr – whose belief that “there’s no such thing as a bad child”  serves as a foundation for the organization’s strength-based approach – began Starr Commonwealth as a as a refuge for homeless, dependent, neglected and delinquent boys. Since then, we have expanded our reach to several locations throughout Michigan, as well as training programs that span the country.

Starr’s treatment philosophy is rooted in seeing something good in every child, which serves as the guiding principle in its strength-based approach. Starr offers a full spectrum of community-based early intervention and prevention services along with specialized residential programs. Through the professional training and coaching arm of Starr, parents, clinicians, educators and childcare professionals now have access to Starr’s highly successful and innovative techniques aimed at bringing out the best in every child.

With over 100 years history in service to families and children, Starr has a long history of collaborating with the state’s juvenile justice systems and departments of human services, family services and mental health to address the needs of youth and families. Starr’s Continuum of Care serves boys and girls, from infants to young adults, in programs such as foster care, in-home mental health counseling, day treatment and residential services for delinquency, substance abuse and neglect. Continuing care programs also are provided to help youth successfully transition in their homes, schools and communities.

Starr Commonwealth is internationally recognized as a leader in transformational programs for children, families, schools and communities.

3 thoughts on “About Starr

  1. I am currently and have been part of the national institute for trauma and loss in San Antonio Texas and am interested in finding out how to become part of the starr commonwealth’s associates I have a private practice in san antonio which has the same ideals and scope of starr i also am focused on trauma and utilizing trauma based techniques would it be possible to get information on this venture
    Lucinda Perez MA LPC CTS

  2. What does the future hold for Starr Commonwealth? –With the demand for private/charter schools on the rise and public school woes heading the papers…what is the future of education? –More specifically, what will Starr do and or accomplish that will leave the other institutions in the educational-dust-trail?


  3. I first read about your remarkable school in Larry Bredtro’s book, “Reclaiming Youth At Risk,” along with the Circle of Courage. Excellent work! I love the idea of restorative justice (repaying the community) over punishment. I learned about my current hero, Janusz Korczak, from this work. I agree that there is no such thing as a bad child. I hope all the best for your school!

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