Trauma Education & Response (TEAR)
Trauma Education and Response (TEAR) is a community approach to serving and supporting children in K-12 schools in Allegheny County and Westmoreland County who have experienced a traumatic event when law enforcement has been engaged with a family. Specifically, law enforcement notifies the TEAR team to work with school district staff as well as family center staff to provide support and resources to the impacted family. School district staff prepare strategies to support the impacted school-age children, and the family center engages the adults to ensure family needs are met.
Additionally, training is provided to community members to raise awareness about trauma’s impact on child development. After starting in the Highlands School District, the program now services the Clairton City, New Kensington-Arnold, Steel Valley, West Mifflin and Woodland Hills school districts.