Building Healthy Futures for Children Who’ve Experienced Trauma

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About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII)

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


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.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to which a child is exposed, including: abuse, incarceration of parents, and exposure to family and community violence, the more likely the child is to suffer from negative physical and mental health in adulthood —from heart disease to depression. CII’s Integrated Services Model addresses trauma through services in: evidence-based mental health, early childhood, youth development, and family support to treat the whole child and the entire family.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

CII Otis Booth Campus Westlake/Rampart Los Angeles; CII New Hampshire Campus Koreatown Los Angeles; CII Watts Campus Watts Los Angeles; CII Burton E. Green Campus Torrance, LA County; and at 29 early education sites in Los Angeles.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


CII is working to make Los Angeles the healthiest place to live by helping our future generations of residents be the healthiest they can be. Serving today’s children and tomorrow’s adult Angelenos through a comprehensive, integrated model, CII is working toward a vision of a healthy and productive Los Angeles.

CII has developed 3 organization-wide outcomes: Recovery from trauma and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); Resiliency to cope with past, present, and future adversity; and Readiness for success in school, work, and life. Understanding that no single service can achieve these goals, CII is proud to do “whatever it takes,” providing each child with the unique combination of services he/she needs to thrive.

The ultimate goals of CII’s work are to reduce the symptoms resulting from ACEs through clinical intervention and to equip the child with the skills and confidence to bounce back through non-clinical programs. CII aims both to decrease the immediate symptoms of trauma and to achieve the long-term recovery, resiliency, and readiness, which will equip traumatized children to become healthy and productive members of our community as adults.

Moreover, CII believes that services must be available for the whole child and the entire family to make a positive and lasting impact. Thus CII offers services to the parents of children receiving services, including: parenting education, support groups, financial literacy, fatherhood programming, and workforce development. In some cases, the agency also offers mental health services to parents, most commonly through dyadic clinical services, such as Parent-Child-Interaction Therapy (PCIT). In PCIT, a parent/caregiver is coached to interact with their children by a therapist, speaking to the parent via a microphone in the ear, behind a one-way mirror.

By comprehensively treating the whole child and the entire family, CII’s services both reduce the symptoms of ACEs now and build a protective factor around parent and child to diminish the impact of ACEs later.

In addition to making LA the best place to Live, CII is working to make LA the best place to Learn, through increasing the percentage of children enrolled in early education programs across our 29 Head Start sites; to Play, through our afterschool enrichment programs in the arts and sports; and to Connect, through meaningful volunteer engagement opportunities that bring Angelenos together to contribute to their communities.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


At CII, our services are evaluated by our dedicated Research Evaluation Center (REC). CII’s research staff members gather and analyze the data from our evidence-based clinical services. Each clinical service is evaluated, based upon specific metrics for that particular evidence-based practice (EBP).

CII provides 12 mental health EBPs and several traditional treatments. Each treatment has its own evaluation criteria, which determines how effectively it is reducing trauma symptoms for a given patient. Some interventions are for older children, some are for younger children, some are dyadic (intended for parent and child), and some are delivered in a group therapy setting.

CII also measures the acquisition and improvement of social and emotional skills through our community services and youth development programs, using the SEARS (Social Emotional Assets and Resilience Skills) index, a behavior rating scale.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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