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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

21 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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a part of my local API support group since right around the time my first child was born. That group has been a lifeline for me, and I am so grateful to have had the support and resources of API available to me right from the start as I was making decisions on how best to care for my brand new baby. Prior to having my own child, I had little experience with kids and mostly only knew that I wanted to bring up my child in a gentle, nurturing way that helped my son thrive, and I knew that I needed to do things differently from how I was raised in order to ensure that my kids felt loved and secure about who they are rather than fearful and people-pleasing. API gave me the support and knowledge I needed to feel confident navigating new territory starting with the newborn phase, and ever since, any time I have needed help as my kids have gotten older, I still find that the API group support is my absolute most helpful resource of all, reminding me not only of the research and groundbreaking work of attachment parenting experts around the world when I've needed it, but also giving me practical, hands-on advice on complex issues I've faced with my kids all the way up to school-age and allowing me to give back to other parents facing similar issues. I am so grateful for the work API does and I support them 1,000%. Our kids need more love and compassion from parents and caregivers, and API is changing the world. It certainly changed mine, and my family is so much the better for it.

Michele72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information provided by API is priceless in helping to guide parents and families. I'm so very thankful I have been able to benefit from their outreach efforts. I believe wholeheartedly in their philosophy and mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Attachment Parenting International is one of my to go sources for parenting guidance. :)

Missy W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The area of attachment parenting is a quickly growing parenting "trend" propelled forward by a collective desire to grow. API is a great support to parents like myself who feel like we are parenting "against the grain" but fully feel that we are parenting by heart. Our children are the most important investment we can make for the world. I am happy to have a place to turn when I feel like an alien in a world of disconnected parenting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my first son was born I was overwhelmed with nurturing instincts that I did not expect and that were not supported in the mainstream culture. I knew these methods were what my son needed, but I didn't have a name for them and I couldn't fully explain why they felt right as a mother. Attachment Parenting International was the first forum I found that explained with solid information the practices that can raise a happy, empathetic child. I do still believe the world can be a more peaceful place and I believe it begins with raising our children with peace. Thank you API!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

API has been a wonderful resource for me and my local AP group, providing us with access to numerous articles, books, blog posts and more which give us valuable research-based information that supports what we are trying to accomplish as parents and helps enhance the lives of our families and community.

Rorie N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was first exposed to Attachment Parenting through the Dr. Sears book and I resolved to raise my kids this way which was at the opposite end of the spectrum of how I was raised. It has been a long road of self education and self discovery, but we are 10 years in Attachment Parenting, we have done the whole thing: carrying in a sling, cosleeping, extended breastfeeding, no corporate punishment, non-violent communication. There is no AP network where I live in Europe. I was so excited to hear about this group. The emails I get help me to continue being educated about AP parenting as my kids get bigger and we have to change how we AP parent but the spirit remains the same!

Danielle H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

API offers amazing AP support and advice!! For those of us that have non-supporters of AP in our lives, API helps to make you feel RIGHT in your hearts decision to continue on the AP path. I am very grateful That I found the organization and love reading all of their useful articles!! Thanks API and keep up the fantastic work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

What I appreciate the most about API is the wonderful articles that they produce. The messages reaffirm that I am doing the best with my child regardless of what everyone else thinks. It has given me that extra push not to let others dictate how I will raise my daughter (even if it causes friction with others).

I am hoping that APIs beliefs will continue to spread-I would love to attend a support group and hope that one day there will be one in my area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thankful for API, due to the lack of support for attachment parenting in my family and community. Whenever I need guidance, reassurance or useful resources, I just turn to API for information. I often post articles on my facebook page, which I feel other parent friends could benefit. I wish I knew of attachment parenting many years ago when I worked with attachment disordered children.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AP have helped feel confident breastfeeding and being a mother in general. I owe them so much and will always be grateful for what they do. Thank you AP

Review from Guidestar