DECATUR — Macon County CASA appointed a new executive director to take over once Steve Miller retires later this year. Julia Roundtree Livingston will fill the position, according to a news release from the organization.

Livingston is currently the director of development for CASA, which stands for court appointed special advocates. She has been with the organization since August 2017. Livingston previously served as the director of development at Baby TALK.

Macon County CASA trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children in the welfare system. These children often have been abused, neglected, experienced violence or other trauma. The volunteers attend court with the child and ensure that the judge has all the information about what is best for the child. 

“We could not have sustained our momentum without Julia bringing additional financial resources to match our growth in child advocacy,” Miller said in the news release. “In addition, Julia has made a commitment to learn and embrace CASA’s role in the child welfare system.”

Miller plans to become a volunteer advocate following his retirement. He has worked to grow the organization through funding, staff and volunteers. 

“The family situations we see are becoming more dire. Children are the ones who suffer,” Miller said in the news release. “CASA will continue to need more of us as volunteers.”

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