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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.