Parenting and attachment support person for families of adoption and special needs is the latest addition to the Board of Directors
Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, advocate and support person of families of adoption and special needs, Patti Lewis.
Patti Hope Lewis brings accounting, event planning and Board experience to API, including five years on the Board of AnotherLook. She has many years of experience as a La Leche League International (LLLI) Leader in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's served as a parenting and attachment support to many parents in the areas of adoption and special needs. As the entrepreneur of her bookkeeping company, PJ Balances, and the Treasurer of the LLL Alumnae Association, she offers API unique experience. API can also benefit from her expertise as the CFO for Aspen Productions, a full service event company. Patti has three sons: Nicholas, 27; Kevin 24; Harrison, 18. She also enjoys travel, hiking, reading, gardening, ATV riding on dirt tracks and driving her Mazda Miata convertible.
Janet Jendron said, “Having Patti Lewis on the API Board is an answer to a prayer. We've been needing her financial expertise, as well as her many years of experience with attachment parenting. I've worked with Patti for many years, with La Leche League International. API is blessed to have her commitment and ‘real world’ experience in parenting in adoptive and special needs situations.”
“Parenting is a growth opportunity. We can heal ourselves and our past childhood. We continue to grow and heal as we parent our children and others’ children. Committing to be attached is a lifelong goal for spiritual growth. API gives us the tools and resources to parent with love and compassion. The founders of API, Lisa & Barbara, as well as the president of API's Board of Directors, Janet, are women that I have admired for decades. Their commitment to parenting inspires me to continue on the journey to support health family connections,” said Patti Lewis.
Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.
Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission 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. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.
More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.