Attachment Parenting International Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   79 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: 5 stars  

Attachment Parenting International has helped me heal myself from childhood wounds and create a healthier, happier present and future for my own children. The research and support they provide has bolstered me and my husband many times as we faced the challenges of parenthood. Following API's 8 Principles of Parenting gives us deep joy in the process, when other 'methods' and teachings bring disconnection and despair. We see the benefits for our young children already; they each have a heightened sense of empathy, and a secure sense of self. I wish all children could be parented this way.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent trying to find your way in a world where intentional, alternative and conscious parenting are not exactly supported or understood, API is a Godsend. It is a place where you can gain parenting tools to help you along the way, meet like-minded parents and feel utterly supported. Attachment Parenting can change the world, but it is not easy to parent this way....it's a lot of sacrifice and support from others is paramount.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Attachment parenting international is such a great place to learn and has improved the life of my family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

My local Attachment Parenting group was a lifesaver for me as a first time mom. I realized after having my son that I wanted to be more of a responsive parent. I liked to hold my son and even have him sleep near me. I didn't like letting him cry. I then heard about attachment theory and Attachment Parenting. I found a refuge with like-minded mothers/caregivers. After attending meetings for a year, I decided I'd like to do more. I'm in the process of becoming an API Leader. I also assist API in their social media efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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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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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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10 people found this review helpful

API has helped me reach out to other parents in the community to help foster strong and secure bonds with our children. The organization has allowed us to forge lifelong friendships while ensuring that our children receive the best start to life - breastfeeding, responsive parenting, and much more.

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

having two happy, secure, and independent children.

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

connecting with other parents in their times of need and helping them on their parenting journey.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate, and loving.

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

change the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

API has been a guiding light during my journey of parenthood... and I can't say enough how great they are! They provide valuable guidance based on research and common sense.

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

how great all the people are- both the moms and dads. The research and effort put into all their suggestions and support of people finding a path that works for them just makes sense as a way to parent in today's world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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