API Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Families!

"If a community values its children, it must cherish their parents." Dr. John Bowlby


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Voices of Breastfeeding: Double Edition of 2014 Attached Family Magazine


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"Attached at the Heart" Updated Edition

"Attached at the Heart" is the definitive resource on Attachment Parenting, refined through 20 years of research and parent-to-parent support. Now this primary text for API Leaders has been released in an updated edition. Purchase it from your favorite retailer.


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Families struggle every day with parenting and lack of support. Find connection, relationships, and basic principles that can make a difference in your home and the world.


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The truth is...

when we strengthen families, we nurture and fulfill our children's need for trust, respect, and affection, and ultimately provide a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships.

API promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same. A life cycle of compassion and connection.




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API Thanks these Supporters for Investing in Healthy Families

Dedicated individuals, and The Phil and Reedy Hickey Fund for the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, The Iowa Foundation for Education, the Environment and the Arts, Cole-Belin Education Foundation, and The Columbus Foundation


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is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun! The  topics we’ll be discussing in July will be :

  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love
  • Principle 4: Use Nurturing Touch - The Healing Power of Physical Closeness
  • Principle 5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally - The Critical Importance of Nighttime Needs
  • Principle 6: Provide Consistent, Loving Care - Keeping Baby’s Attachment Secure

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and a part of August.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The long awaited discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun!

The  topics we’ll be discussing in June will be:

  • Introduction
  • Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties That Bind
  • Principle 1: Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting - What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Principle 2: Feed with Love and Respect - Beginning the Attachment Process
  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and August.

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API Volunteers make all the difference

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Thank you to all the API volunteers, from 1994 to today!
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