Georgia’s Guidelines for Leaving a Child Without Adult Supervision:
v Children under 8 years old should never be left alone, even for short periods 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 a 13 year
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 an adult.
v Make a safety plan that includes 911, and rehearse it with your child.
*Information obtained from DHR website September 2014