Leaving a Child Without Adult Supervision
v Children under 8 years old should never be left alone, even for short periods of time.
v Children between the ages of 9 and 12, based on
the level of maturity, can be left home alone for
brief periods of time (about 2 hours).
v Children 13 and older can generally be left as babysitters, with the exception of children in foster care. It is not recommended, however, that 13 year olds babysit infants, small children and children that require special attention due to medical conditions.
Other safety precautions to consider when
leaving a child unaccompanied:
v Don’t leave the child responsible for food
preparation that involves a stove.
v Have a neighbor or relative check
in regularly or have the child check-in with
v Make a safety plan that includes 911, and
rehearse it with your child.
*Information obtained from DHR website on
July 30, 2008*