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Georgia’s Guidelines for Unattended Children

Children under 8 years old should never be left alone, even for short periods of time.


Children between the ages of 9-12, based on level of maturity, can be left home alone for brief periods of time.


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 baby sit infants, small children and children that require special attention due to medical conditions.


Children 15 and older can be left home alone overnight, depending on the level of maturity of the child.


Other safety precautions to consider with leaving a child unaccompanied: Don’t leave the child responsible for food preparation that involves the stove; have a neighbor or relative check in regularly or have the child check in with an adult; make a safety plan that included 911, and rehearse it with your child.