Georgia’s Guidelines forLeaving 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 onthe level of maturity, can be left home alone forbrief 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 whenleaving a child unaccompanied:v Don’t leave the child responsible for foodpreparation that involves a stove.
v Have a neighbor or relative checkin regularly or have the child check-in withan adult.v Make a safety plan that includes 911, andrehearse it with your child.