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The founder of Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America, Bruce Maag established one of the most prominent organizations providing foster care services to children in need. Bruce Maag opened the doors of SAFY in 1984 in Delphos, Ohio. In his capacity as SAFY’s Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Maag not only hired and managed staff, but he also selected and trained SAFY’s board members. In addition, Bruce Maag developed internal programming, as well as liaised with public and private agencies. As a nonprofit, SAFY was in need of significant fundraising, and Bruce Maag secured funds for the organization and developed a comprehensive budget. Bruce Maag’s oversight of all company functions saw SAFY through its first year and laid the groundwork for 15 years of successful operation, from accreditation to a massive expansion of its services and fundraising efforts. By the time Bruce Maag left SAFY in 1999 to spend time with his ailing wife, SAFY’s operations had multiplied exponentially. With more than 1,300 youth placed in foster care, SAFE had a revenue base of $32 million. Other programs Bruce Maag and his staff at SAFY implemented include a full-service travel agency, preschool program, girls’ residential program, and a national consulting service. Bruce Maag gained experience working in foster care services as the Chief Operating Officer of the Ohio Youth Advocate Program. Through the Ohio Youth Advocate Program, Bruce Maag connected at-risk and difficult-to-place youth with foster families. Bruce Maag supervised staff throughout the state, offering support for youth in legal settings as well as opening secure receiving centers serving delinquent, neglected, and developmentally disabled youth. Additionally, Bruce Maag was one of the founders of the Ohio Youth Services Network. Currently, Bruce Maag continues his engagement with youth advocacy and social work as the CEO of Phoenix Group International. Bruce Maag also makes contributions to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the American Youth Work Center, and the American Personnel and Guidance Association. A valued resident of the Delphos, Ohio, community, Bruce Maag coaches local youth sports teams and collects American coins and currency.

Work experience

Chief Executive Officer

International Phoenix Group

Chief Executive Officer

SAFY of America

Assistant Director

Ohio Youth Advocate Program

Recreation Leader

Training Institute of Central Ohio

Psychiatric Attendant

St Rita’s Hospital



Master of Science

University of Dayton

Bachelor of Science

The Ohio State University