The purpose of Regional Advisory Groups is to:

  1. Gather regional input on training needs and gaps to include in a statewide training plan;
  2. Oversee and support the implementation of the statewide training plan in the region.

Each group is led by the DCYF regional administrator and the corresponding university partner. Other members may include:

  • Foster parents
  • DCYF Supervisor/Area Administrator
  • Alliance for Child Welfare Trainers for Caregivers Coach
  • DCYF social workers
  • Child Welfare Training Advancement Program (CWTAP) representatives
  • University faculty

Details about groups in each region


Regions 1 and 2: Eastern Washington

  • Contact: Patty Erdman, Alliance Regional Education and Training Administrator


Regions 3 and 4: I-5 Corridor, King County to Whatcom County + Islands

Contact: Marie Fujii, Alliance Regional Education and Training Administrator


Regions 5 and 6: I-5 Corridor, Pierce County to Clark County + Olympic Peninsula

Contact: Chris Kerns, Alliance Regional Education and Training Administrator