What is CWTAP?
The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) provides specialized education and training, and in-state tuition assistance to Master of Social Work students interested in a career in public child welfare. After graduation, students must seek employment with the Children's Administration or a federally-recognized Tribe in Washington State, and agree to work for at least the same period of time for which they received tuition assistance.
CWTAP is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the UW School of Social Work, UW Tacoma Social Work Program, and Eastern Washington University’s School of Social Work. Its mission is to promote best practice in public child welfare by providing a culturally sensitive, competency-based, specialized MSW education.
CWTAP students complete their practicum experience in selected Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families offices in Washington state, where they receive specialized practicum training and hands-on casework experience.
Who is CWTAP For?
- Students accepted into the MSW program who are interested in making a commitment to work in public child welfare after receiving their MSW.
- DCYF employees and federally-recognized tribal social workers interested in obtaining a MSW to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivering services to families and children.
- Other DSHS/state employees interested in obtaining a MSW degree and making a commitment to work in public child welfare within Washington State after receiving their MSW.
How Can I Apply?
To learn more about the application process and for each of the three universities, visit the following page.