CWTAP promotes training excellence for Washington state’s child welfare workforce through the financial support of social work students and professionals. This state-funded partnership links the resources of UW School of Social Work, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence and the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Family Services (DCYFS)

Now in its 20th year, CWTAP provides qualified participants with specialized field education focused on casework in select DCYFS offices. The field experience centers on topics such as abuse-and-neglect prevention, protective services, permanency planning, solution-based casework and competency in working with diverse populations. 

Once students complete their MSW studies, they commit to seeking employment with the DCYFS and agree to work for a time period equal to the time they received assistance.