Evaluation of the Norman Fund Program in Illinois

Member: Kristen S. Slack
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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In the early 1990s, a consent decree was issued, stemming from a lawsuit in Illinois, to prevent children from being placed in foster care for reasons of poverty. The so-called "Norman Fund" was established to provide material assistance to families (e.g., rent payments, utility payments) to prevent child removal and to facilitate family reunification post-removal of a child from their home.  A quasi-experimental evaluation was conducted in the mid-1990s, and this report summarizes the findings. Additional links and resources describe the origin and nature of the Norman Fund, and its current operations.

Last Revised Date 
Mon, 06/21/2021 - 21:14
Social Work
Keywords / Tags 
child maltreatment
child protective services
Foster care
Type of resource 
Resource Institution 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Institution Type 
4 or 4+ year College/University
Recommended Citation 

Shook, K. & Testa, M. (1997). Cost-Savings Evaluation of the Norman Program: Final Report to the Department of Children and Family Services. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.