Boys and Girls Village

STAR - Short Term Assessment & Respite Home

STAR is a 6-bed residential home for boys aged 11-18 removed from their homes by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) due to abuse, neglect, or other high-risk situations. Services are provided short-term and include stabilization, trauma treatment, substance abuse screening, educational support, and intensive work with family engagement.

The STAR facility provides rooms large enough to allow for comfortable movement during in-home activities, appropriate sleeping accommodations which include clean, covered mattresses, pillows, sufficient clean linens and blankets, as well as hygiene products.


  • STAR provides a living and dining area, private visitation area, community room, outdoor recreation area, bedrooms with lockable closets for belongings, bathrooms, staff offices, and nursing station.
  • STAR complies with federal, state, and local requirements governing facility accessibility, including handicapped parking, handicapped accessible entry ways, restrooms, and an ADA complaint bedroom.


  • Treatment is intended to be up to 60 days and family involvement is encouraged in all services provided to youth to the extent that it is clinically appropriate.


  • Services focus on the client’s continued stabilization, assessment, health, welfare, and safety, permanency of life situation, change in clinical status and discharge planning to the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.
  • This will be done through a structured supervised milieu with clinical supports, assessments and evaluations, behavioral health and medical services rendered by professional personnel, facilitation of or provision of a multidisciplinary evaluation.
  • This will also include psycho-educational and therapeutic interventions, facilitation of appropriate educational programming, supervised visitation and transportation, recreational activities, individualized treatment planning as well as activities designed to meet treatment planning objectives, board and care, discharge planning, aftercare services, and respite/emergency support services.

For more information, call our Bridgeport office at (203) 330-6790, and ask to speak with the STAR program manager.