Only those who have been unfortunate enough to have had dealings with Family Court, Family Services and Child Protective Services would be able to relate to the story that the Las Vegas Tribune is working on pointing out the cold-blooded history of how these court-related officials play and abuse their power.
The Las Vegas Tribune has been on the side of some of those suffering the consequences of facing — and in many cases, trusting — the government employees and elected judges in Family Court.
We have written about a grandmother, Melody Nelson, who has been fighting to see her grand-kids to no avail. Melody Nelson was denied the opportunity of visiting and being in contact with her grandchildren, who were under the custody of the maternal grandparents, after she filed a petition for guardianship. One of the grandparents passed away and the other one is in a nursing home; the children were placed with strangers because Family Protective Services and a sitting judge are in favor of a “reunited family” as long as that family is one of “strangers.”
The Jones’ family story is still in the minds of many of our readers because child services, in that case, was determined to take possession of the newborn Jones’ baby only days after the baby was born.
Brokering of minority children — another cause of injustice in Family Court – involved Judge Frank Sullivan and the same co-conspirators that the Las Vegas Tribune has previously exposed in several other cases: Child Protective Service (CPS), Department of Family Services (DFS), CASA, Clark County Deputy District Attorney Juvenile Division, Court Appointed Attorneys, Child Advocacy Project (CAP) — where the above-mentioned entities and individuals conspired together to steal a minor child from the legitimate parent, again rears its ugly head.
Another Las Vegas Tribune exclusive that cost a sitting judge her judicial position is the Keith Patton case, where Judge Gayle Nathan prohibited the young man from visiting his son because he holds a medical cannabis card that the judge does not agree with, even if it is legal.
Now, another grandmother is in line to suffer from the unscrupulous behavior of those at Family Services, Child Services and Family Court with the blessings of a hearing master and a sitting judge.
Anita Lumpkin is fighting the system that claims that their best interest is to “reunite families” by not allowing her to adopt her three grandchildren because the state says her petition was not filed within 30 days of the grandchildren living with her. This is one of the issues up on appeal filed by her attorney, Cuthbert Mack.
“While my son was in danger of losing his parental rights, I immediately went to Family Services and told them I wanted to adopt my grandchildren. They had been in foster care for eight months while my son was working on reunification with his children. After stalling in their decision, I filed a motion to adopt with the County. Three weeks later, the foster parent decided to adopt them,” the grandmother stated during her appearance on Face The Tribune last week.
Anita told Face The Tribune, “I have fostered them myself for two years, and then my son had them back for 1-1/2 years. My son was still working to get them again when they went into foster care. So I have to admit, I have been in a position where I waited to see if my son was going to get the children. Now I don’t want to wait any more and I want my grandchildren.”
During those eight months, while the children were in foster care, Anita had the children on the weekends and holidays. She never missed the opportunity of keeping in contact with them, but Family Services wants to instead “unite her family” with a family of strangers.
“They admit they have no criminal reasons for withholding the children from me and my family,” Lumpkin said. Las Vegas Tribune states that Family Services just doesn’t like that it took eight months for this grandmother to come get them.
According to a court hearing, Anita states, “Now, if I would have known that when I fostered them for almost two years, that I had to adopt them because I would never get them back again, I would have done that.” “I have now filed an appeal with the higher courts. Family Services has a mission statement on their own brochure to ‘unite’ children with relatives, yet they are not honoring this mission statement in my case,” stated Anita on the radio show.
Lumpkin has worked two jobs for a year to pay for legal fees to get her grandchildren back. “I will not stop, nor will my family, in our quest. “I needed to expose this situation, so I contacted the Las Vegas Tribune to get as much help as possible. Family Services feel they have time on their side while they are waiting for me and the children to give up,” explained the grandmother.
These children also have maternal great grandparents who want them back as well. “I don’t understand why they would spend tax dollars to keep my grandchildren away from their family,” cried Lumpkin. “Those tax dollars include the $1,800 spent for the children each month, as well as legal fees to keep them from me.”
Ms. Lumpkin explained that fees to pay that particular foster home could be used to help other children where there is no family that wants to care for them. “Our tax dollars should not be used in the legal system for this case,” she said.
But there is another consideration: the man and woman in this foster home are not married, she added, and “the woman works the second (evening) shift at the airport, leaving my grandchildren with her boyfriend. She never sees them at all except to send them off to school! Why does Family Services believe that she is a better option for my grandchildren?
The judges in Family Court on Bonanza and Pecos Roads are letting Family Services have their way without consideration that the maternal family also wants me to have the children,”explained Lumpkin.
Anita, a Special Education Teacher’s Aide, is the best solution for her grandchildren, but judges in Family Court, Family Services and Child Protective Services are more interested in “uniting”grandchildren with strangers.