In 1994, API began with a mission to bring research and support to parents, with a focus on fostering secure attachment. Today, API continues that mission because of the grassroots movement reflecting the deep concern for our children, families, and their future. The simple truth is that 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.
Marking this occasion, we ask you to consider those who have made 20 years even possible--the visionaries, the researchers and academics considering secure attachment and healthy child development, the founders and the community of supporters that developed around them in the early years, the API Leaders and volunteers preparing every group meeting and outreach, the staff committing their time and expertise to a cause they believe in, the donors--each person-- who when they could, gave to help see API be the alternative parenting voice for a compassionate world.
Together, we will move forward for another 20 years, strengthening the organization so that is fit to serve and continue the great deal of work that remains. So many families confused or hurting because they were not connected to this message of early thriving, and ultimate prevention still need to be reached. We hope you will join us, and carry the baton for a stretch, each of us join together to do our part to continue to change the practices of parenting in our world.
As part of API’s celebrations, we are looking for parents to share their stories of how API has made a difference in their families. We are particularly interested in parents with grown children or children who were raised with Attachment Parenting before there was even the term. Contact Rita Brhel at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to share your story and look forward to upcoming interviews with second-generational AP parents on The Attached Family.com and API’s APtly Said blog this summer.