DFCS Supervision Guidelines
Use the following guidelines for determining when children can be left alone without adult supervision:
- Children eight years or younger should not be left alone;
- Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time; and,
- Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.
Last Modified on April 14, 2020