ATTACHMENT PARENTING INTERNATIONAL INC

Rating: 4.88 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: P.O. Box 4615 Alpharetta GA 30023 USA

Mission: Through education, support, advocacy and research, API seeks to strengthen families and increase awareness of the importance of secure attachment, ultimately helping to reduce or prevent child abuse, behavioral disorders, criminal acts and other serious social problems.
Results: API has doubled its online reach and will double its amount of Leaders. API reaches more families than ever, now in its 18th year of service. Families report foregoing physical punishment and shaming of children, increased communication and understanding, confidence in parenting their infants and children, a feeling of support for the parenting, as well as desire to help others by volunteering. The impact is far reaching as these children grow with respectful treatment and experience empathy, confidence, and interdependence, and begin to pass it on.
Target demographics: All parents and caregivers of children, professionals serving families.
Geographic areas served: API serves internationally.
Programs: API trains and accredits Leaders around the world, hosts regular support groups, online forums, and parent support, conducts advocacy, research, and outreach programs, publishes a magazine, The Attached Family, and several enewletters, as well as an annual Journal of research, teleseminars, book club, AP Month in October, and many other programs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

What I appreciate the most about API is the wonderful articles that they produce. The messages reaffirm that I am doing the best with my child regardless of what everyone else thinks. It has given me that extra push not to let others dictate how I will raise my daughter (even if it causes friction with others).

I am hoping that APIs beliefs will continue to spread-I would love to attend a support group and hope that one day there will be one in my area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has given me the reassurance that I am doing what is best for my child.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More support groups in more cities! There is an option to start one, but working full time and raising a toddler, I do not have the luxury of hitting the pavement to set things up (although I'd love to help run one). Even the option of an online support group for web chats. (www.oovoo.com)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Searching for support groups with parents who share my beliefs in parenting.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Discovering API was a wonderful affirmation that our parenting style was highly credible and we realised we could rely on sound research and resources on the API website. It took me a year before deciding to train as a support group leader where I am currently the only accredited leader in the UK (but no for much longer as others are training, hurrah!). I loved the training, am so grateful for the rigorously thorough support of everyone at API and really enjoy the support group leaders forum. Starting my own API group has been one of the most enjoyable and satisfying things I have done and I believe API will always be a source of inspiration and integrity, thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my training with them and in ongoing support and as a reliable, cutting-edge resource.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work on spreading the word throughout Europe.

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6 people found this review helpful

I have had a wonderful experience with API ever since I was a new mom, not sure what to do, and finding conflicting, demeaning, and unclear advice at every turn. API put together the pieces for me, helped me make sense of all the things a mom has to think about, and--most importantly--was supportive and encouraging in their message. I am a member and support API whenever I can because I think they are doing such great things for families (and therefore, the communities and the world). I have since gone on to support new families and I still draw from API for the information that I pass along.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal and professional life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I found myself living thousands of miles away from family and friends shortly after the birth of my son (thanks economic downturn!) and had to rely on the internet and books for most of my parenting support. I was delighted to find API and it has become my top destination as a source of real, relevant parenting information. I am so grateful that API exists!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my child grow into a happy, loving, confident kid by using the principles outlined by API.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do an exponential amount of GOOD!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As we began researching this great experiment called parenting, we were profoundly affected by the research data that supports the ideals of attachment parenting. We got off on the right track but quickly realized we had questions and needed more than just research to guide our actions. We have found API Inc. to be a great help in continuing to gather information. Can't tell you how many times I have heard from grandparents et al... "That attachment stuff really seems to work!" Our daughter is thriving, confident and happy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

THe support and information provided through their newsletter and website.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Attachment Parenting International is an organization that strongly advocates keeping a healthy, nurturing, and compassionate bond with your children that will last through the years, even into adulthood. With all of the initiatives that API does it brings them closer and closer to changing every generation to be more loving and peaceful. From my own experience, having a nurturing environment is a must since I did not grow up this. I don't have the tools to tackle that on my own but API does. API offers these tools to me either free or at a low cost. Without API, I wouldn't have a daughter who could advocate for herself and others about violence not being okay.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the environment of my family. Through myself and through my API commmunity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am thankful for API, due to the lack of support for attachment parenting in my family and community. Whenever I need guidance, reassurance or useful resources, I just turn to API for information. I often post articles on my facebook page, which I feel other parent friends could benefit. I wish I knew of attachment parenting many years ago when I worked with attachment disordered children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

everyday life. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't utilize API for information or inspiration. I have 2 children and the oldest is highly sensitive and difficult to parent

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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12 people found this review helpful

API was the answer to my prayers. After the birth of my son, my preconceptions of "the way it was going to be" were shattered. My family, nor my medical team was offering me advice or support that felt right for my family. I was searching for help when I found API. Real, relevant parenting advice. Support, camaraderie. It was all here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me to become a better parent raising a happier child.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

API has been a phenomenal resource for me as a parent, socially, emotionally, educationally, and intellectually. The eight principles are based on the most up-to-date research on how to raise healthy, competent, and emotionally balanced children. Not only that, they have resources on how to stay sane as a parent! In addition to the online resources, API support groups have offered me the opportunity to spend time with other families who are committed to gentle, yet evidence-based, parenting. For almost 10 years now, I have spend time at least weekly, and often daily, with my AP friends, and it is them that I turn to when I feel frustrated as a parent. They always have ideas and reassurance. I can't imagine life without API.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning to be a better parent, and having a great source of ideas, research and resources to help me in my quest.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase fundraising and outreach efforts so more families can benefit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being part of a supportive community.

Ways to make it better...

More people were involved in API, so that I lived in a neighborhood overflowing with thoughtful parents.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I came across API shortly after I became a Mom. I was so tired of hearing people tell me what I should be doing as a parent. API reaffirmed the message that I knew what I was doing, that I was capable, and I was doing just fine by following my gut. API is an amazing resource to parents everywhere who are navigating the sea of parenthood. API provides support and information that affirms every parent. A few months after I found API, I felt so strongly I chose to join the mission and apply to be a support group leader.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of parents and children in my community. As well as in my families life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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