Chief Executive Officer AT International Phoenix Group, Treatment Foster Care

For nearly three decades, Bruce Maag has helped underserved youth through his work in the field of treatment foster care. Early in his career, Bruce Maag spent four years with the Ohio Youth Advocate Program, which exposed him to the effectiveness of residential and community-based treatment for children with severe behavioral or psychological problems. In 1984, Mr. Maag founded Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of America, Inc. (SAFY), which provides foster care and treatment for children and teens. Over the next 16 years, as Chief Executive Officer, he grew SAFY into an organization that served over 1,300 youth in 10 states, including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and Nevada. Mr. Maag resigned in 1999 in order to care for his wife, who had end-stage leukemia.

After his wife passed away, Bruce Maag established International Phoenix Group (IPG) and Phoenix Homes. Employing the latest treatment methodologies, IPG now has a staff of over 100 professionals and serves over 350 youth in three states. Over the course of his career, Mr. Maag has developed innovative programs for individuals with specialized needs, including in-home intervention programs and online training for parents of foster children.

Bruce Maag holds a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Dayton and is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Committed to making a difference in the community, he supports the work of the American Correctional Association, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the National Foster Parent Association, and the American Youth Work Center.