Dear Friends of CII,
Experiencing or witnessing violence, abuse or neglect. Living in unsafe environments. Stressed caregivers. Intergenerational poverty and trauma. Too many children in Los Angeles live with toxic levels of stress, which can dramatically harm their brains and their bodies.
To have the greatest impact and sow the seeds of success for future generations, it takes a committed group of people, organizations and systems working in concert on shared goals for children and families.
This year’s annual report celebrates the staff of Children’s Institute. Helping a child exposed to trauma is hard work: years of training, long hours, lots of driving, but most importantly the ability to be calm and hopeful in the face of tragedy. This extends to managers, supervisors and administrative staff, all of whom share the awesome responsibility of serving children and families.
And we are making a difference.
This past year, CII’s dedicated staff served more than 27,000 children and families through mental health programs, early childhood education, home visitation, family support and youth development services. In this year’s report, we profile just a few of them: Becky Abdelbaky, Sergio Resendez, and a treatment team of six exceptional counselors.
On behalf of our staff and clients we thank our donors, volunteers and supporters for investing in this critically important work.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chairman, Board of Trustees