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Welcome to the Website for the 853 Coalition

The NYS Coalition of 853 Schools was formed in 1991 by a group of Chapter 853 resdidential and day schools principally located on the grounds of agencies that provide various child welfare, juvenile justice, and family/community support services. These educational programs largely serve school aged children involved in the foster care, juvenile justice and special education systems.


The Coalition’s primary purposes are to

  • advocate with government on behalf of Coalition members to establish sound laws and regulations as well as generate adequate resources and support to help member schools better accomplish their work and,
  • gather and disseminate timely and useful information important to schools with respect to policy and other developments or changes that affect members’ abilities to pursue their missions with excellence