Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
Supervision Guidelines for Unsupervised Children
Georgia's guidelines for leaving a child without adult supervision include:
- Children under eight should never be left alone.
- Children between nine and 12 can be left for brief periods of time, such as children who arrive home from school before their parents get home and have a specific plan in place.
- Children 13 and older can be left as babysitters. However, it is not recommended that 13-year-olds babysit infants, small children, or children requiring special attention due to medical concerns.
- Children 15 and older can be left home alone overnight depending on the maturity level of the child.