what is the legal age of a kid to stay home by himself?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Latchkey-kids has some info on their site, with the consensus average age of being 12, while exercising good judegement. If you feel your twelve yo isn't mature, then don't do it...
They also have a list state by state "recommendations":
Latchkey Children Age Restrictions By State
The following table lists legal age restrictions for children left at home alone categorized by state within the U.S. Please note that city and county ordinances within each state may have more definitive and restrictive laws. Call Child Welfare Information Gateway at 800-394-3366 to learn about age guidelines in your area.
Minimum Age of
Home Alone Child
Alabama None Alabama Babysitting Laws
Alaska None Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents & Children
Arizona None Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arkansas None Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect - Arkansas
California None Child Abuse Prevention Council
Colorado 12 * Colorado Department of Human Services
Connecticut None State of Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Delaware 12 * Delaware Division of Family Services
Florida None Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit Family Court FAQ
Georgia 9 NBC Augusta.com
Hawaii None Hawaii Department Of The Attorney General
Idaho None Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Illinois 13 Illinois Children & Family Services
Indiana None No Laws Govern Leaving Children Alone
Iowa None Iowa Department Of Human Services
Kansas 12 * Kansas Health & Environment
Kentucky None LAW & JUSTICE Children at Home Alone Nov, 2003
Louisiana None Louisiana Department of Social Services
Maine None Maine Kids & Kin
Maryland 8 Maryland Unattended Children Law
Massachusetts None Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
Michigan None Calhoun County Courts
Minnesota None Minnesota Dakota County Attorney's Office
Mississippi None Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Missouri None KRCG Latch-key limbo An Education Report 2006
Montana None Montana Child & Family Services
Nebraska 11 * Midwest Child Care Association
Nevada Unknown No Resource Found
New Hampshire None State Of New Hampshire Attorney General
New Jersey None NJ Department of Human Services
New Mexico None VogueSeattle.com Lawyer Answers
New York None New York Children & Family Services
North Carolina None NC Health & Human Services
North Dakota 9 * North Dakota CSCC (Kid's Council)
Ohio None Human Development & Family Science
Oklahoma None Lawton PD - Guide For Working Parents
Oregon 10 City of Albany, Oregon FAQ
Pennsylvania None Pittsburg Post-Gazette.com article June, 2007
Rhode Island Unknown No Resource Found
South Carolina 8 * NBC Augusta.com
South Dakota None South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service
Tennessee 10 * Tennessee Juvenile & Family Court Judges
Texas None Texas Family & Protective Services
Utah None Children's Service Society of Utah
Vermont Unknown No Resource Found
Virginia None Chesterfield County, Virginia Social Services
Washington 10 * Child Care Resources
West Virginia Unknown No Resource Found
Wisconsin 12 * Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin
Wyoming 12 * Wyoming Child Protective Services
* Guideline ONLY. These states do not set a specific age after which a child legally can stay home alone but do provide recommendations.
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- 4 years ago
It depends on what state you live in. I live in New Jersey and I've been staying home alone since I was 9 (my sister was 6).
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- Anonymous4 years ago
I had also asked this same question two times, and didn't get a good answer