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).
You must submit the following materials (below) to complete the application process (With the exception of signatures, these forms MUST by typewritten. Handwritten submissions will be returned which will delay processing of your application packet) If you are unable to submit hard copies of the packet documents due to the Stay at Home order, please contact Susan Welk for options:
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
Signed/Approved Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) employee participation form (for DCYF employees only) If you are a current DCYF employee, contact Susan Welk for instructions on this document.
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:
Non-DCYF Employee: "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"