Attachment Parenting International Inc
Rating: 4.9 stars 105 105 reviews
P.O. Box 4615 Alpharetta GA 30023 USA
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.
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.
All parents and caregivers of children, professionals serving families.
Geographic areas served:
API serves internationally.
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.
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We've adapted attachment parenting in our household, and the results have been remarkable. I can't say enough what AP does for our lives, and it's a fantastic all-around parenting resource.
Great free resources.
Helpful and supportive.
API is all about promoting an approach to parenting that encourages peace within the family through nonviolence, compassion, and empathy. I've used this in my family and now help other families in incorporating the API parenting approach. In my own family, API's approach helped our marriage rehabilitate from one affected by domestic violence to completely free of any hurtful word, thought, or deed -- it completely changed the way me and my husband, and our children, view ourselves, each other, and our world. Some people equate API with fad parenting, but it's so much more holistic than that -- it's not about babywearing so much as promoting evidence-based nurturing touch. All of API's Eight Principles of Parenting are like that. They're not so much rules as guidelines to help families looking for more connection to figure out how to reach that goal.
9 people found this review helpful
Attachment Parenting International provides such needed education and support for an approach to parenting that is often overlooked in our society but that is, ironically, so vital for a sustainably healthy society. I love the articles, the support group feature, the forum, the teleseminars, the blog, and more.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my family. We are a more connected family all the way around, and my children are growing up to be compassionate and emotionally balanced and mature.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
do exactly what's being done. I could not run it any better than what's being done in this economic recession.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the great availability of reading materials and connection to experts in the parenting field.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. They are parents themselves, which gives great credibility to the organization -- they believe enough in API to give back!
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
literally change the world. It could reach more families and prevent child abuse, and go so far as to even prevent violence. Attachment Parenting is all about violence prevention. Once you become educated, global peace is actually attainable.
Ways to make it better...
there were more local support groups.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
a lack of understanding of the full impact that Attachment Parenting has. Attachment Parenting is not a quick fix -- it's a process. What's popular is the quick fix, though quick fixes are not effective.
One thing I'd also say is that...
this organization does such a good job of reaching parents on a very limited budget. It has hundreds of volunteers around the world. People only dedicate hours to an organization that is worth those hours.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
API does very important work supporting families to raise emotionally healthy children
This group saved me from post party's depression, helps me through parenting struggles and has provided my best mamma friends. My life and my children's lives have been profoundly lifted through the efforts of the many volunteers at API. So grateful!
I don't have a lot of AP resources available locally, and API has been a regular source of support as my husband and I raise our sons, now 10 and 17. I especially enjoy the personal stories API publishes, as they have inspired me, helped me to feel less alone, and given me ideas I can implement in my family. I even had an article published, so I was able to pass on a little wisdom to others in the same way wisdom has been passed on to me!
2 people found this review helpful
My local API group has helped me and family in innumerable ways. It's an amazing community and resource. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of it.
1 person found this review helpful
I have found support many times through the API network in many different subjects related to raising a child. The support offered is invaluable because sometimes a mother might feel isolated or simply not have enough resources to deal with some issues that might come up. Belonging to a community (which is not only an online one but also in real life!), where parents share and care for one another, is extremely important, especially nowadays where the nuclear family has kept us in a small- separated world where wisdom and knowledge is not easily passed from one to another.
I am grateful for API! I had not been around children much before my son was born 6 years ago. I was bombarded with people wanting to help guide me along as a new mother. I was given books about how to teach your child to cry it out and other parenting techniques. I tried a few and ended up having to give my child what I wished I had been given when I was growing up. I am blessed to find a program that supports the connection that children need. When I would question my self, I could always come to API for validation and information. Thank you to all who support this incredible awareness! Lisa
API has been a wonderful source of support in my parenting journey. It is a non judge mental truly caring venue to get advice on topics such as cosleeping, extended nursing, positive discipline, etc. I am constantly finding myself reaching out to this group when I have a question about something my children are doing and I need help with. I could not imagine what it would have been like if I had not found this group 3 years ago!