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Children's Institute, Inc.: About CII

About CII

There is a crisis in Los Angeles. For far too many children here, violence is a daily fact of life.
50,000 reports of child abuse/neglect are filed annually– more than 400 a day, 17 an hour.
Police respond to 43,000 reports of domestic violence, many involving children.

When children are traumatized by violence, their chances of growing up to lead healthy, productive lives are threatened. They are more likely to fail in school, enter the criminal justice system, and repeat the cycle. With intervention, though, the harmful effects of violence can be mitigated and the cycle broken.

That’s why Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) serves more than 22,000 children and their families in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods, and trains more than 9,000 professionals in the realm of child development, mental health and welfare.

CII provides healing so traumatized children can recover and lead healthy lives, while working to shape the field of children’s services through innovative research, demonstration projects, and professionally accredited training programs.

Support Groups

The Colleagues


The Colleagues was founded in 1950 by Mrs. Homer Toberman. As a newly elected member of the board of The Big Sister League (CII’s original name), Mrs. Toberman formed CII’s premier support group…

The CHIPs


The C.H.I.P.S, or Colleague Helpers in Philanthropic Service, was founded by the daughters and daughters-in-law of some of the original Colleagues. The C.H.I.P.S. conduct a different fundraising event every year and have organized…

Les Amies


Les Amies was founded in 1962, also by Mrs. Toberman. The group hosts a holiday party each year in December expressly to benefit CII. In addition, Les Amies has given support over the years to special needs at CII, such as…

PSLA


Founded by CII Trustee Rochelle Gores Fredston, Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA) brings together forward-minded, young, philanthropic men and women to raise funds and awareness for the children and families of Children’s Institute.

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