In remembrance of Carrie Ann Lucas

March 1, 2019

OCYF sends our condolences to Carrie Ann’s family and friends and recognizes her contributions to Colorado.

Carrie Ann Lucas, a disability rights activist and a prominent member of our professional community, passed away on February 24, 2019. In recognition of her tireless work on behalf of individuals with disabilities and Colorado families, Lt. Gov Dianne Primavera proclaimed Feb 25 as "Carrie Ann Lucas Day.”  

Recently Carrie Ann worked in the Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel and pioneered work on protecting the rights of parents who are disabled. She shared her passion, experience and expertise with Colorado caseworkers at the most recent Colorado Child Welfare Conference in October 2018. And, as an adoptive parent, she wrote about her work and her life - at the intersection of disability rights and parenting - on her blog.

The Office of Children, Youth and Families extends our condolences to Carrie Ann’s family, friends and colleagues. We will miss her intelligence and dedication.


Carrie Ann Lucas was a wonderful collaborator and community partner who worked to advocate to protect the rights of parents and children throughout Colorado. Carrie Ann advocated for parents with disabilities in our community and was nationally known for her work as an advocate. It was truly wonderful to work with her. - Korey Elger

Her advocacy changed hearts as well as the law. In 2018 she successfully fought to protect the rights of disabled parents in Dependency and Neglect cases through the passage of HB18-1104 Family Preservation for Parents with Disability. Carrie Ann never stood alone on important issues, she was a collaborative partner who sought reasonable and just solutions. She will be missed. - Katie Smith (Denver City Attorney’s Office)

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