The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) is a Title IV-E partnership between Washington’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and participating public universities. Eastern is proud to be part of this successful, long-standing partnership. Applicants must be willing to commit to a specified period of employment with DCYF following graduation, and be willing to accept employment anywhere in the State of Washington.
CWTAP seeks to recruit and retain highly trained, well-educated and committed child welfare professionals for this critical work. CWTAP is designed for current child welfare professionals pursuing their MSW, and for other MSW students interested in child welfare as a career path. In exchange for receiving financial assistance, CWTAP students agree to work for Washington’s DCYF following graduation. With approval from DCYF, graduates may seek employment with a Federally Recognized Tribe in Washington State.
CWTAP students complete their practicum in DCYF offices. The practicum experience focuses learning on professional child welfare practice and includes learning on child abuse and neglect, risk assessment, family reunification, separation and loss, permanency planning, court testimony, and case management.