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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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


Rating: 5

If people would follow the philosphy of attachment parenting as advocated by API, we could actually begin to produce generations of children that become exceptional grown-ups.



Rating: 5

API has assisted, through their publication, Attached At The Heart, in rearing our family with solid science and not just random opinions. I fully support this organization and hope their new project, curriculum for parenting, will be accepted as a standard to be used as a guideline for all parents regardless of the phase of their experience..



Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience with API ever since I was a new mom, not sure what to do, and finding conflicting, demeaning, and unclear advice at every turn. API put together the pieces for me, helped me make sense of all the things a mom has to think about, and--most importantly--was supportive and encouraging in their message. I am a member and support API whenever I can because I think they are doing such great things for families (and therefore, the communities and the world). I have since gone on to support new families and I still draw from API for the information that I pass along.

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