Family Support Services

A Safety Net


CII’s family support services ensure that basic needs are met and caregivers have the tools to parent effectively. These programs develop 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.


CII’s Project FatherhoodSM is celebrating 20 years of helping to strengthen families by engaging men in building meaningful relationships with their children. The unique program was founded in 1996 at Children’s Institute by the late Dr. Hershel K. Swinger—a renowned African-American psychologist and community champion—who saw a need for a program that specifically addressed the needs of men and their roles in the family.

What started at CII as one support group with a few fathers has evolved over the last two decades into a movement to increase father involvement and spread the message of Project FatherhoodSM nationally. Since its inception, the program has served more than 12,000 fathers and 17,000 children across Los Angeles County, while training dozens of community organizations on the delivery of the program model.

Project Fatherhood℠ Celebrates 20 Years!




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Project FatherhoodSM provides comprehensive parenting skills to men in caregiving roles, including fathers, stepfathers, foster parents and relative caregivers.

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