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Parental rights can only be terminated due to abandonment when a parent abandons a child for at least four months before the petition is filed. That typically also means that the parent is sending no money for the support of the child, is not visiting, and is not calling, emailing, texting, skyping, sending letters, or otherwise communicating with the child in any way. Leaving the children in the care of someone who has temporary custody and is caring for them is not automatically going to be abandonment unless you do not return or communicate with the children for an extended period of time.
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She has no right to prevent you from talking to your children unless you've voluntarily relinquished your parental rights or she's had them terminated.