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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.

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Rating: 5

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

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Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a testimony to how parents who care about their children and their community can mobilize to bring valuable information to all parents. API is a nonprofit that stays focused on its mission because of dedicated volunteers providing local support. API works smart and efficiently and is a good investment, leveraging funds to go far in not only the prevention of child abuse, but in nurturing children for healthy lifelong wellbeing, for themselves and toward others.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

I've been a proud volunteer with API for the last 5 years and can say without a doubt that API truly makes a difference in the lives of children, families and their communities. API gives vital support to busy parents who are inundated with oversimplified parenting strategies that reduce children to a set of behaviors to be fixed. API helps parents focus on understanding, meeting and balancing needs and on developing healthy relationships that provide models for children to learn lasting skills in self discipline, problem solving, empathy and compassion.

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