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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are endless opinions and books on parenting, but this is the organization with documented research to back their parenting principles. API offers attachment parenting philosophy with a gentle hand, suitable for parents of teens as well as little ones. I find all of API's materials are based on a healthy respect for the needs of children and their parents.

Rita B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with API as a volunteer for six years and find API to be unlike any other organization, nonprofit or business, I've ever encountered. The way it serves families empowers parents to do what's best for their families, giving the power back to parents to trust their intuition but also reinforcing this approach through solid research--there is no other organization that has the potential to impact children and their parents, communities, and indeed societies the way that API does. It not only offers mostly free or otherwise very low-cost support and education through publications, websites, teleseminars, discussion forums, and other online resources but also thru local accredited contacts and parent support groups -- so there's a face in your community as well as the plethora of online content available to you. Also, as far as a volunteer-run organization, API "walks like it talks," in that its approach to organization management mirrors the AP mindset. API's volunteers are treated like family--we're all in this together. The volunteers who gather together over the phone and through the Internet, because this is a virtual organization and we're all parents dedicated to the cause but who still need to make parenting our priority, truly believe in AP and its ability to change lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group!! Very helpful leaders, wonderful support meetings, and a great way to network with other parents who parent in a similar fashion. Sound principles to guide us in creating loving and lasting relationships with our children.

Heather60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to volunteer with API for six months now and let me tell you, I am so impressed with the dedication exhibited by the leaders and other volunteers. They are not only devoted to the ideals of attachment parenting, but to API as an organization as well. API serves the important role of educating the general public about attachment parenting, what it is and sometimes more importantly, what it isn't. In addition to education, API provides support and thought leadership to parents all over the world. The organization is almost 100% run by volunteers and yet produces high quality publications on a consistent and frequent basis. Parenting is a darn tough job and one that can be lonely at times, especially when you are raising your children in a way that others may find nontraditional to current standards and even a bit odd. API serves as a meeting place that always leaves a light on for these passionate parents.

mackie.patricia

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has been a gift in my life, not only have I made friends, and a support system that has surrounded me, and helped make my parenting journey so much easier, and enjoyable, but I have been able to keep up my professional journey through my volunteer service. API allows me to keep my focus right where I want it on my kids while I stay at home. And I get to keep my skills sharp and continue to travel on my professional path. Making sure I will always have a fresh resume with relevant experience for when I am ready to return to the work world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International has helped me heal myself from childhood wounds and create a healthier, happier present and future for my own children. The research and support they provide has bolstered me and my husband many times as we faced the challenges of parenthood. Following API's 8 Principles of Parenting gives us deep joy in the process, when other 'methods' and teachings bring disconnection and despair. We see the benefits for our young children already; they each have a heightened sense of empathy, and a secure sense of self. I wish all children could be parented this way.

Leslie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent trying to find your way in a world where intentional, alternative and conscious parenting are not exactly supported or understood, API is a Godsend. It is a place where you can gain parenting tools to help you along the way, meet like-minded parents and feel utterly supported. Attachment Parenting can change the world, but it is not easy to parent this way....it's a lot of sacrifice and support from others is paramount.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attachment parenting international is such a great place to learn and has improved the life of my family.

1 Lauren O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My local Attachment Parenting group was a lifesaver for me as a first time mom. I realized after having my son that I wanted to be more of a responsive parent. I liked to hold my son and even have him sleep near me. I didn't like letting him cry. I then heard about attachment theory and Attachment Parenting. I found a refuge with like-minded mothers/caregivers. After attending meetings for a year, I decided I'd like to do more. I'm in the process of becoming an API Leader. I also assist API in their social media efforts.

Michelle23456

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Discovering API was a wonderful affirmation that our parenting style was highly credible and we realised we could rely on sound research and resources on the API website. It took me a year before deciding to train as a support group leader where I am currently the only accredited leader in the UK (but no for much longer as others are training, hurrah!). I loved the training, am so grateful for the rigorously thorough support of everyone at API and really enjoy the support group leaders forum. Starting my own API group has been one of the most enjoyable and satisfying things I have done and I believe API will always be a source of inspiration and integrity, thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International is an organization that strongly advocates keeping a healthy, nurturing, and compassionate bond with your children that will last through the years, even into adulthood. With all of the initiatives that API does it brings them closer and closer to changing every generation to be more loving and peaceful. From my own experience, having a nurturing environment is a must since I did not grow up this. I don't have the tools to tackle that on my own but API does. API offers these tools to me either free or at a low cost. Without API, I wouldn't have a daughter who could advocate for herself and others about violence not being okay.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has been a phenomenal resource for me as a parent, socially, emotionally, educationally, and intellectually. The eight principles are based on the most up-to-date research on how to raise healthy, competent, and emotionally balanced children. Not only that, they have resources on how to stay sane as a parent! In addition to the online resources, API support groups have offered me the opportunity to spend time with other families who are committed to gentle, yet evidence-based, parenting. For almost 10 years now, I have spend time at least weekly, and often daily, with my AP friends, and it is them that I turn to when I feel frustrated as a parent. They always have ideas and reassurance. I can't imagine life without API.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across API shortly after I became a Mom. I was so tired of hearing people tell me what I should be doing as a parent. API reaffirmed the message that I knew what I was doing, that I was capable, and I was doing just fine by following my gut. API is an amazing resource to parents everywhere who are navigating the sea of parenthood. API provides support and information that affirms every parent. A few months after I found API, I felt so strongly I chose to join the mission and apply to be a support group leader.

Review from Guidestar

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has helped me reach out to other parents in the community to help foster strong and secure bonds with our children. The organization has allowed us to forge lifelong friendships while ensuring that our children receive the best start to life - breastfeeding, responsive parenting, and much more.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

API has been a guiding light during my journey of parenthood... and I can't say enough how great they are! They provide valuable guidance based on research and common sense.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

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

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Volunteer

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.

Review from Guidestar