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Home Alone Rules by State


 

The following table lists legal age restrictions for children left at home alone categorized by state within the U.S. Please note that city and county ordinances within each state may have more definitive and restrictive laws. Call your State DHS or local child welfare agency to learn about age guidelines in your area.  

State

Minimum Age 

Reference 

Alabama

None

Alabama Babysitting Laws

Alaska

Unknown

No Resource Found

Arizona

None

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Arkansas

None

Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect - Arkansas

California

Unknown

No Resource Found

Colorado

12*

Colorado Department of Human Services

Connecticut

None

State of Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Delaware

12*

Delaware Division of Family Services

Florida

None

Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit Family Court FAQ

Georgia

8*

Georgia Division of Family & Children Services

Hawaii

None

Hawaii Department Of The Attorney General

Idaho

None

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

Illinois

14

University of Illinois Child Care Resource Service

Indiana

None

No Laws Govern Leaving Children Alone

Iowa

None

Iowa Department Of Human Services

Kansas

12*

Kansas Health & Environment

Kentucky

None

LAW & JUSTICE Children at Home Alone Nov, 2003

Louisiana

None

Louisiana Department of Social Services

Maine

None

Maine Kids & Kin

Maryland

8

Maryland Family Law

Massachusetts

None

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Michigan

None

Calhoun County Courts

Minnesota

None

Minnesota Dakota County Attorney's Office

Mississippi

None

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Missouri

None

KRCG Latch-key limbo An Education Report 2006

Montana

None

Montana Child & Family Services

Nebraska

11*

Midwest Child Care Association

Nevada

Unknown

No Resource Found

New Hampshire

None

State Of New Hampshire Attorney General

New Jersey

None

NJ Department of Human Services

New Mexico

None

VogueSeattle.com Lawyer Answers

New York

None

New York Children & Family Services

North Carolina

8

NC Health & Human Services

North Dakota

9*

North Dakota CSCC (Kid's Council)

Ohio

None

The Cleveland Law: Home Alone Children

Oklahoma

None

Lawton PD - Guide For Working Parents

Oregon

10

City of Albany, Oregon FAQ

Pennsylvania

None

Pittsburg Post-Gazette.com article June, 2007

Rhode Island

Unknown

No Resource Found

South Carolina

8*

NBC Augusta.com

South Dakota

None

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service

Tennessee

10*

Tennessee Juvenile & Family Court Judges

Texas

None

Texas Family & Protective Services

Utah

None

Children's Service Society of Utah

Vermont

Unknown

No Resource Found

Virginia

None

Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention

Washington

10*

Child Care Resources

West Virginia

Unknown

No Resource Found

Wisconsin

12*

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin

Wyoming

12*

Wyoming Child Protective Services

 The following is taken with permission from http://www.latchkey-kids.com.

* These states do not set a specific age after which a child can legally stay home alone, and do provide recommendations.

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