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    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 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 an adult.

    v Make a safety plan that includes 911, and rehearse it with your child.   
    If you or a family you know could use extra support or resources,
    please call 1-800- CHILDREN Helpline (1-800-244-5373).