CWTAP Application Process

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The first step is to apply to the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Once offered admission to the UWT MSW program students will receive an email about an information session on the program and the process to apply. Note: You must have a valid Washington State Driver License to work for the Department of Children, Youth and Families thus, students must also have one to be in the CWTAP program.

All applications must be complete and submitted by the applicable deadline. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified after the application deadline.

All applicants must successfully complete a background check which includes a check of the Department of Children, Youth and Families' records regarding reports of child abuse and neglect. Applicants are potential DCYF employees and must also provide documentation verifying employment eligibility within the United States.

DCYF employees must obtain the approval of their local Regional Administrator to be considered for CWTAP (see below in the application packet forms).

Application Packet

You must submit the following materials (below) to complete the application process.  All forms MUST be typewritten, printed and hand signed (where applicable). If you are unable to submit hard copies of the packet documents due to COVID19, please contact Susan Welk ( to discuss options.

  • Application Instructions
  • CWTAP application checklist
  • CWTAP application form
  • Employee Eligibility Verification (I-9) form including (clean) photocopies of your documents
  • Photocopy of your driver's license (clean copy)
  • Completed Background Authorization form and Summary form
  • Signed/Approved Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) employee participation form (for DCYF employees only) Electronic signature along with the email communication(s) from Supervisor/ Area Administrator / Regional Administrator will be acceptable.
  • Resume
  • Copy of your UW Tacoma MSW offer of admission letter
  • Two letters of reference (at least one professional reference)
  • Typewritten, double-spaced, two-page essay on:
    • UW Tacoma MSW Student Applicant: "Why are you interested in working within the public child welfare system"
    • DCYF Employee: "Why are you interested in continuing to work within the public child welfare system"
  • Mandated Reporting Expectations Form

Important Dates

Students who are offered admission to the UW Tacoma MSW program will receive an email inviting them to apply to the CWTAP program.

Information meeting:

May 2021 (specific date TBD)
Location: TBD

Application deadline:

June 2021 (specific date TBD)


June 2021 (specific date TBD)
Location: TBD