Quinn, Phil

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Quinn and his brothers went into care when their parents' violent marriage ended in divorce. After a number of foster placements, he wound up in an adoptive family where he was systematically abused, emotionally, physically and sexually, until he was literally kicked out of the house to fend for himself aged 17.

He has gone on to obtain a doctorate and is the executive director of ICARE in Hermitage, Tennessee, a child advocacy organization specializing in family violence and child abuse.

His early life is described in his book Cry Out.


Quinn, Phil E. Cry Out! Inside the Terrifying World of an Abused Child. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984)


Native American and Alaskan Native, Inuit
20th Century
21st Century
Civil Rights, Advocacy
Medicine and Allied Professions
Social Services and Social Sciences
Estrangement from Adoptive or Foster Family
Multiple or Unspecified
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
Formal, American/European-Type Fostering
Parental Relationship Breakdown, Divorce
Others ("Strangers")
Trans-Racial, Trans-Tribal, International or Trans-Cultural Adoption or Fostering
Disrupted or Failed Placements
Parents Separated or Divorced
Birth Siblings Placed Together
Birth Sibling(s) Separated
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