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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Darcia N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

API is an inspiration! it aims for child and family flourishing in a world that is often hostile to those aims. it is a place to go for support of compassionate, nurturing parenting. While it inspires, it is also realistic about family life. Heart and mind together in its approach, advice and promotion. I find it to be a highly ethical organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great support for parents who wish to parent peacefully and with respect. They have amazing online resources and local support groups.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Exceptional resource and support network without borders! Families all around the world continue to turn to API as a resource. Thank you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My whole family, eight children and now 14 grandchildren, have benefitted immensely from what we have learned from Attachment Parenting, International. And in my husband's and sons' Pediatric and Family Medicine practices, we have seen the effects of this organization as it supports the parenting choices that our these families make to stay connected. The families are healthier in so many ways by practicing this way of parenting. Thank you, API, for making a huge difference in our lives, the lives of the parents we serve, and in the wider world of families in our nation and even around the world. One of the best ways they do this is through, not only the local support groups, but through a remarkable website that offers information and encouragement for the hard but joyful work of parenthood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am first time Mother. I read a lot of parenting books and tried to stay informed. When my daughter was born I still felt there was a disconnect between what I was learning and real life. I am so grateful I found my local API group!! They are the first I think of now when I have a question about child raising or something wonderful that has happened as a parent. I always look forward to reading everyones posts and comments . They are so insightful, thought provoking, knowledgable, and caring. I kinda don't feel so alone anymore on the conscious parenting path. Thank you!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a single mom attachment parenting and home-schooling a child with Autism. API has been my lifeline for nearly 8 years!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Sherri29

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a parenting coach and I often send my clients to API as they have a plethora of resources especially for new parents. I only wish API had been around when my children were small. I would have learned to trust my intuition more and not given away so much of my power to the "parenting expert" du jour.

I recently participated in the Attached at the Heart Educators' Training and will be teaching the AATH curriculum hopefully soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has been a strong influence in my parenting. It has offered me guidance in areas that were unknown territory for me. API makes me feel normal :-).

Thiago Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has helped me finding my empowerement as a father, and for that I'm extremely grateful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International is responsible for my own empowerment as a father, It was through AP that I managed to find myself as an attached father and to nurture strong and secure attachment with my son. I couldn't be any more grateful than I am right now.

Megan87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love API so much that I became a support group leader this year! It's a fantastic organization that provids parenting resources for free. I cannot recommend it enough.

Adele G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Lluvia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with API is that it has been a wonderful source of support and inspiration to me since I began my parenting journey almost 10 years ago. The leaders of our group have been nothing but inviting and warm and provide great resources with science-backed information. I trust the board members, and know that this non-profit is sincere and legit, paving the way for gentler, more informed parenting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with API for many years. My local group was an invaluable source of support when I was a new mom, as I learned to follow my instincts and parent in a connected and compassionate way. When I saw how much the group was needed in our community, I became an API support group leader, and eventually started volunteering with the international organization as well. API serves an absolutely vital role in parent education and support, and has done so much good not only in my small community, but worldwide. I truly believe that API's work is helping to make the world a better place--right now and for generations to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

API Inc. has been invaluable to me. I would not be half the mother I am today were it not for the API listserv I belong to, moderated by API leaders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,

we are a family from Barcelona, Spain. We recently moved to Brooklyn and one of the most helpful and warm family group that we met was the API support group. The families and Volunteers involved are very generous and respectful with all the people that comes to them to receive advise related to practical things. No matter if you are asking for big or small questions, you always receive support and information with the potencial of making big and positive changes on a family life.

I recommend 100% this non-profit because is very human and useful for families of different ages.

Warmly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International is one of the most compassionate positive parenting organizations out there. And then when I began volunteering, and now it's been 7 years of volunteering, API is all about working together as a community where everyone's talents are used and everyone's ideas are taken into account. While there is great leadership, it doesn't feel like a hierarchy-type organization -- everyone is encouraged to chime in and do what they can, and the leadership is really about leading by serving. I feel like I'm really making a difference in the world.

Delicia B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is awesome to be able to connect with other AP parents. Thank you to all who make it possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Even after four kids (and sometimes especially after four kids) I turn to API for advice, ideas, inspiration, and commiseration. They give strength not to cave to the awful advice that pummels parents from all directions. There is another way, a path less traveled, and API is the one there placing trail markers. Thank you!