Children's Institute, Inc.

Children’s Institute, Inc. helps youth and families in Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods recover from the trauma of violence and develop the skills and self-esteem to lead healthy, successful lives.

Children's Institute, Inc.'s (CII) comprehensive model is designed to address the whole child as well as the entire family. CII delivers evidence-based clinical programs shown to reduce emotional and behavioral problems, preserve and reunite families, and support success in school. These and complementary youth development activities seek to reduce young people’s trauma and increase resilience.

In 2011, CII opened its Otis Booth Campus, a 48,000-square-foot facility near downtown Los Angeles, one of L.A.'s most challenged communities. It serves over 23,000 youth and families each year across Los Angeles with a unique blend of clinical, youth development, family support, and early childhood services. In 2014, CII purchased land for a new campus in Watts, which world-renowned architect Frank Gehry donated his time to design. 

2014 Highlights

  • CII secured $18 million toward its campaign to raise at least $50 million for the Watts campus and ongoing operations elsewhere.
  • CII completed enrollment and made significant progress in its fidelity study of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

  • CII received additional EMCF/Social Innovation Fund and True North Fund grants to provide growth capital and support performance measurement and evaluation capacity and planning. 

Youth Served

Youth ages 9-24.

Revenue (in millions)


Staff working with youth are trained in one or more designated evidence-based practices
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