Bringing Hope and Healing to Children and Families in Hard Places

Our Vision

Our Mission is to provide quality services and therapies that will enhance the lives of children and families in hard places, including but not limited to, those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), trauma and attachment disorders. We will accomplish this by addressing each of the five identified areas of need: social skills, emotional intervention, therapeutic parenting skills, nutritional and neurochemistry impact, education and support groups.

Our Vision is to provide a full range of services including:

  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Support Groups
  • Equine Therapy
  • Education
  • Diagnostics

Our long term goal is to build a facility in Middle Tennessee suitable for providing this comprehensive range of services to families living with FASD.  It is estimated that 1 in 100 individuals in the U.S. are impacted by FASD.  Our hope is that physicians, teachers, therapists, social workers, and families can come together to support and care for these remarkable individuals throughout their lifespan.

About Our Name
For each one of us, our struggles are an essential part of shaping us and preparing us for the future.  The Papillion Butterfly is one of nature’s great examples of how we can be transformed through our struggles.  For families from hard places, the day-to-day struggles may seem overwhelming.  The Papillion Center is here to offer information, support, intervention, and ultimately, hope.

The Story of the Butterfly
A man found a butterfly cocoon. He watched his cocoon for several days. One day a tiny opening appeared in the
cocoon. He sat very still and watched as the butterfly struggled for several hours to force itself through the tiny
hole of it’s cocoon. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared to the man as if the butterfly had gone as
far as it could, and could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon.

He snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon with scissors, and the butterfly emerged effortlessly. There was
something strange, however. The butterfly had a swollen body, and it’s wings were shriveled. The man watched
closely, expecting that the wings would enlarge and expand to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed
wings. It was never able to fly.

Though the man acted in kindness, what he did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle
required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God’s way of forcing fluid from the
body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready to fly once it has achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Author Unknown