Mission:

Children’s Institute helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

Expanding Services Across Los Angeles County

CII’s integrated service model offers readily accessible, well-coordinated prevention, intervention, and treatment services for children and families residing in high-need, low-resource communities.


“Whatever it takes” is the guiding principle in stabilizing and strengthening the families we serve.Children's Institute, Inc.
  • Clinical Services

    CII’s Clinical Services counteract trauma and support recovery through mental health assessments and treatment, child welfare services, foster care and adoption services, and sexual abuse treatment, with a focus on evidence-based practices. Our services are “trauma-informed,” recognizing that many emotional and behavioral difficulties are directly traceable to past traumatic experiences.

  • Family Support Services

    CII’s family support services ensure that basic needs are met and caregivers have the tools to parent effectively. These programs support readiness and resiliency and empower families to stabilize their home lives and develop networks through parenting education, fatherhood support groups, financial literacy, and job preparation.

  • Early Childhood Services

    CII’s Early Childhood programs support readiness by providing critical early childhood education for children birth to five and their families. Early Care and Education Programs focus on all domains of child development and strongly emphasize social and emotional development, as well as academic skills, in promoting school readiness.

  • Child & Youth Development Services

    CII offers a range of child and youth development activities designed to improve social skills and self-confidence, and provide children with opportunities for positive interaction with peers and adults. Our Youth Development programs support resiliency and readiness by offering youth opportunities to experience self-expression through visual and performing arts, leadership development, educational improvement, and athletics.

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Our Vision

Everything we do at CII is aimed at three organization-wide outcomes, The Three Rs—Recovery, Resiliency and Readiness. We want to help children recover from trauma, build resilience to cope with adversity and become ready for success in school, work and life.

Our approach is designed to address the “Whole Child” and the entire family.

Leading the Way in Professional Training:

Each year, CII trains thousands of professionals through workshops and conferences that address a wide array of topics related to best practices.

94% of CII’s clinical staff are trained on evidence-based practices

CII trained more than 12,600 professionals this past year

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Program Spotlight: Project ABC

Project ABC is a collaborative partnership among professionals and organizations in the child welfare, mental health and community services fields. The goal is to create a system of care for children, birth to 5, to ensure they have access to mental health services that are family-centered, strength-based, and culturally competent. Community-based early childhood mental health programs provide families much needed services and support to help them manage challenging family experiences and work through atypical behaviors in very young children. As full partners, family members participate on teams that identify services and make decisions about how best to work with their own children, as well as helping to improve services for other families in their community.

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As you read the profiles in this year’s Impact Report you will meet a dedicated group of CII families who have made important strides toward Recovery, Resiliency and Readiness. We hope you will be inspired by their individual journeys and encouraged by the knowledge that CII continues to be a leader in helping children heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

Clinical Services

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