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: 5 stars  

Being a parent is the most challenging thing we will do in our lives. Unfortunately our children do not come with an owner's manual. There probably isn't a parent alive who has not at one time wondered if they were up to the job. API has helped me in countless ways to feel my way as I grow in my role as mom to my child. One of the things I most appreciate is having the reassurance from API that I am doing the right thing when I go against convention and choose to respond to my child from my inner knowing. I so appreciate knowing that there is a community of committed parents who choose a peaceful way to raise children. This community exists because of the excellent work of API to spread the message and support parents.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Peace starts with parent-child relationships. Attachment Parenting International is a non profit organization run by dedicated mother and devoted to bring the family back together by meeting the baby, toddler and child’s needs fully the way nature has intended it.
Instead of resisting and trying to tame the child’s inborn need to be held, slept with, breastfeed and touched, API support mothers and fathers in responding to the child’s true nature fully and peacefully. A child who grows up feeling that the world responds to her/his inner direction with love and ease, retains her/his human ability to love, care, be self-reliant, powerful and compassionate.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found API as a parent in search of support & community and was so touched by the organization I later trained to become a Group Leader!

In today's culture of cross-continental families, working parents, and "Mommy Wars" API is an invaluable resource for families. We ALL need support in become the parents our heart's know we can be...the parents WE wish we had...the parents our kids DESERVE. API groups provide guidance, information, reassurance and COMMUNITY so that loving parents can find their groove & THRIVE.


I believe that APU is

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

Raise money to hire actual "staff" instead of needing to rely on being run by volunteers :) API provides an invaluable service to parents & children worldwide... It is way to important to be run by people who squeeze time in AFTER their "real jobs"

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Parenting is a tough job! There are tons of "experts" and approaches out there that will tell you what you are doing wrong, and what you should do instead. It can create a lot of guilt & confusion. API strives to support parents in following their instincts, their HEARTS, and parenting in ways that come natural to them. I really appreciate the "guidelines, not rules/techniques" approach that API offers... And trains their international leaders to share with others. The online tools & resources they provide to parents are also top notch!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

API is an organisation with potential to change the world, I know they have changed my world. When my first child was born I was a college educated woman with a degree in psychology yet I felt lost and uncertain what was best for my child, I followed my instincts mostly. Now that I have found the API my second child has the benefits of my feeling secure in my choices and instincts and the excitement that I may make a contribution to world peace by being a mom and an API practitioner..

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bringing up our own children, I knew parenting was powerful, AND I sometimes felt overwhelmed with the constancy of it. Finding Attachment Parenting, I found not just the burgeoning research on our early years, but also translation of that research into "news I could use." It was a lifeline. Later, working with parents of babies with disabilities, and then with teen parents, API gave me mother-friendly explanations of everyday ways to help babies grow up emotionally healthy. API's information is my Rosetta Stone: my way to translate the language of developmental and brain research into ways to live sustainably. It's emotional ecology, starting with parenting, affecting the next seven generations. It's a way to "save the world" that works at a very deep level, in a lasting way.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

API is a marvelous organization! I wish every expectant couple, and every family with children would know about the amazing resources and empowering information put out by this group. API is changing the world, one attached and nurtured baby at a time...

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

change the way parents think about raising their children! It could reach doctors' and midwives' offices, hospitals, birth centers, community organizations, etc., and empower people to nurture their children and have confident, attached, independent kids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

More and more new parents are beginning to realize the importance of creating a closer bond with their infants and children and following a more hands-on and involved approach in order to optimize emmotional and intellectual development. In past decades, some parenting styles have promoted a more detached, distant approach to parenting in the hopes of creating more independent and low-maintenance children. Such

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

reach more and more new parents all over the world with science-based, effective parenting education to help parents get the best start with their baby and child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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