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    Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program


    The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) is a federally funded, Title IV-E partnership between Washington's Children's Administration and participating public universities. Eastern is proud to be part of this successful, long-standing partnership.   

    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 Children's Administration following graduation. With approval from Children's Administration, graduates may seek employment with a Federally Recognized Tribe in Washington State.

    CWTAP students complete their practicum in Children's Administration offices.  The field 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.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the following sites for more information about Public Child Welfare:

    Applicants may also contact Diana Patterson LeBlanc, CWTAP Director at (425) 405-1624 ( for additional program information.

    Contact Information

    Diana Patterson, CWTAP Director
    208 Senior Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 425.405.1624
    fax: 425.405.1601

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