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Children's Institute, Inc.: About CII

About CII

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

For more than a century we have served the most at-risk and overlooked young people in Los Angeles—those harmed by child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, gang and community violence, as well as the crushing effects of poverty. CII’s Integrated Service Model, which combines evidence-based clinical services, youth development programs, early childhood programs, and family support services, is designed to address the “whole child” as well as the entire family.

Each year, we serve more than 20,000 children and families in Los Angeles County. We have three main campuses—the new Otis Booth Campus (our headquarters) just west of downtown Los Angeles, our Mid-Wilshire Campus in Koreatown, and our Burton E. Green Campus in Torrance. We also have centers in Watts and San Pedro/Long Beach as well as 11 early childhood centers and more than 60 family child care homes throughout the County.

In the next five years, we will be developing our fourth campus, a state-of-the-art facility in Watts.

Our services are offered in English, Spanish and Korean. Learn more about our programs and services. Or download our publication for professionals, Programs and Services for Children, Youth and Families.

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 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.

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.


Founded by 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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