Ralph Belk provides clinical and program administrative oversight for all NCCF’s programs, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, standards, codes, and laws. Recognized nationally by Case Western Reserve University, during its recent Centennial ceremonies, for his outstanding work in the field of social work, he holds a Master of Science in Social Administration and over 25 years of administrative and direct practice experience in child welfare and human service fields working with high-risk children, youth, and families. As a youth and family advocate, Ralph ensures that the staff of NCCF’s more than twenty programs respond creatively and ethically to the increasing acuity and complexity of need for the youth and families served, by utilizing trauma-informed and culturally competent interventions. He recognizes the essential importance of addressing economic stabilization and individual mental and physical well-being within a social justice mindset. Ralph is highly personable and consistently positive in his orientation to others; he is equally dedicated to developing model programs that are respectful of differences, are inclusive, and which incorporate emerging best practices that produce an improved quality of life for every person NCCF serves. As a practitioner researcher, he believes that the voice of the youth and families must be at the forefront, to truly make a crucial difference in their challenged lives.