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Attachment Parenting International Inc

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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Services, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Myriam P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

API has helped me grow as a person to be a better mother to my daughter and keep the harmony and love, thank you for spreading the love.

Lisa494

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

API provides grounded resources and inspiration for families seeking deep connection with their children as a foundation for lifelong wellness. I have been personally inspired by their vision and dedication to bringing forward the wisdom of attachment science as both a professional and a parent. Thank you API for your commitment to families, and your positive impact on my own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jenni9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has helped me and my family so much. They have helped me to learn how to grow as a parent so that I can heal from my childhood and also serve my children in ways that I did not think were possible. I feel that attachment parenting is the peaceful future that all parents need to work towards and API is just one of the major stepping blocks that is working in our world to do that. They do so much on the local community level and also globally to serve their mission.

Renato2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing a great difference around the world!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great free resources.
Affordable resources.
Great newsletter.
Helpful and supportive.

Donor

Rating: 5

I wouldn't be as good of a parent without their influence!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

API has helped me find my path as a parent. I never knew "what kind of parent" I was, or aspired to be, but knowing the vision of API, it was easy to see. I aspire to be patient and understanding, and work to find joy and harmony with my little girl. What a wonderful mission they have!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

API does very important work supporting families to raise emotionally healthy children

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Support and clarification on the right instinctual way to raise a child

Alicia66

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Melanie55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Making a difference that will change the world and repair so much damage done by devastatingly cruel parenting methods.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API fills a roll that no other organizations can. I only wish there were an API support group within the reach of every single parent. It is critical to educate regarding evidence based parenting in this current culture. Raising children with secure attachments and empathic hearts is essential to the future of man kind.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so grateful to my local API chapter for being a constant voice of reason through my six years of parenthood. It is wonderful to have friends you've never even met, resources and further reading so you can inform your own best parenting advice, a place to ask questions, and a place to read answers to questions you didn't even realize you had, and to have a forum where you can give back and share about your own experiences. I am so lucky I found API international as well as my local group. As a professional in the area of birth and new parenthood, I can also speak to just how valuable API is to my clients and other parents on a professional level. This form of support is crucial.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm grateful for how API has supported and validated me so much as a parent to my two young girls. We are parents who "fell into" attachment parenting and having this community to guide us with experienced advice on extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. has been invaluable. It's not just the practical wisdom about these practices that API offers (though that is extremely helpful). But it's the emotional, psychological and spiritual wisdom from parents with older children who've learned the ropes which supports others in making the choice to parent with love and gentleness. I really believe that API practices can change the world by helping shape the next generation.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found API when my son was born 6 years ago. The group API- NYC has been a lifeline for me through moves to 2 different sates where my parenting style was not the norm. It has been an amazing support that has given me information I needed as well as a sense that others have the same issues I do and choose to handle them in a way that I am comfortable with. I am so grateful for the support and information I get from API.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Volunteering for API came from my masters in early childhood education and child development. They understand this crucial period well.