Photo courtesy of Children's Institute, Inc. by Glenn Marzano

Children's Institute, Inc.


Children’s Institute strives to protect and serve the needs of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children through a holistic blend of health, education, and familial programming.

Giving Children the Chance they Deserve

Children’s Institute began in 1906 as the Big Sister League, created to help troubled young women in Los Angeles. In the 1960s, the mission of the organization began to expand, and in 1980, the Big Sister League became Children’s Institute International (CII). Today, CII serves Los Angeles youth made vulnerable by family and community violence and poverty. CII offers a network of services aimed at combatting a variety of issues facing Los Angeles youth, including mental health, early care and education, child welfare, family support, and youth development. This programming aims to provide youth with the support and resources they need to overcome the many barriers associated with violence and poverty, clearing a path to academic and personal success. Additionally, CII’s Leadership Center trains more than 9,000 professionals every year in the field of children and family services, ensuring the longevity of this critical work.

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CII works to inform and influence the field of children and family services through its training program designed by the agency's Clinical Training Department. This includes our nationally-accredited internship program for young professionals entering the field. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.

CII's clinical services help youth recover from adverse childhood experiences related to domestic or community trauma. A youth from South Los Angeles receives therapy treatment. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.

CII offers a variety of afterschool activities for youth-from homework support to art and sports classes; here students use iPads in their digital media arts class. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.

CII works to inform and influence the field of children and family services through its training program designed by the agency's Clinical Training Department. This includes our nationally-accredited internship program for young professionals entering the field. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.

CII's clinical services help youth recover from adverse childhood experiences related to domestic or community trauma. A youth from South Los Angeles receives therapy treatment. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.

CII offers a variety of afterschool activities for youth-from homework support to art and sports classes; here students use iPads in their digital media arts class. Photo courtesy of Children's Institute by Glenn Marzano.


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