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 Global Learning Network, 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.