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Veteran volunteer fills helm at CASA

Julia McIntosh is no stranger to Allen County's CASA program, having served as the child advocacy service's volunteer coordinator since 2006.

But on Monday, Allen Superior Court officials announced McIntosh will be promoted to head the program, replacing outgoing director Rex McFarren.

McFarren leaves the program after nearly 30 years, having built the local program from the ground up. Under his leadership, hundreds of volunteers have been trained within the program, according to a statement from the Allen Superior Court.

The program shepherds children who have been victimized as their cases work their way through the Allen County court system.

CASA volunteers act as the child's voice in the court system, advocating for a position that is best for the child and the child's long-term well-being.

Allen County's Court Appointed Special Advocate program operates under Allen Superior Court's Family Relations Division.

Before coming to the CASA program, McIntosh worked for the Department of Child Services, and, during her tenure there was recognized as a caseworker of the year, according to the statement.

Her selection comes after a brief search by a task force of community leaders, Allen Superior Court Judge Charles Pratt, and Magistrate Lori Morgan, according to the statement.

“Not only is she very familiar with the program's operation, Julia brings a unique combination of leadership, empathy, energy and passion for the protection of children,” Pratt said in the statement.