The National Institute of Alternative Care Professionals (NIFACP)

In 1987, Bruce Maag leveraged his extensive experience as a licensed mental health professional and youth advocate toward the establishment of the National Institute of Alternative Care Professionals (NIFACP). Functioning on local, statewide, and national levels, NIFACP facilitates the development of seminars and conferences to promote the activities of counseling and human services professionals working in the foster care field. In his capacity as NIFACP’s Executive Director, Bruce Maag collaborated with organizations such as the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA), the Ohio Coalition of Foster Care Networks, NOVA University, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), and numerous other groups. Additionally, Bruce Maag and the National Institute of Alternative Care Professionals created a national certification program for counselors, administrators, and other individuals involved in the Treatment Foster Care (TFC) field. Prior to founding the National Institute of Alternative Care Professionals, Bruce Maag served as the Regional Director of the Ohio Youth Advocate Program, a non-profit, private company specializing in the treatment and placement of youth and adolescents. The Ohio Youth Advocate Program focused its energy on caring for foster children with unique needs who often experience difficulty integrating into a new home. As the largest foster care program for difficult-to-place youths in the state, the Ohio Youth Advocate Program oversaw direct services such as independent living and short-term, non-secure placement facilities for youths who had been neglected or abused and individuals with delinquency issues and developmental disabilities. Moreover, the Ohio Youth Advocate Program supported child advocacy efforts through involvement with TFC legislation, also participating in relevant litigation processes. Today, Bruce Maag champions the causes of youth services professionals and foster families as a member of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the American Youth Work Center, the American Correctional Association, and the American Personnel and Guidance Association, among other organizations.