== == There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages, but many state agencies have published guidelines (Georgia, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with very specific ages). Typically 8 year olds and over can be left at home for up to several hours (usually after school before a parent gets home from work).
12 years old appears to be the most common recommendation. http://www.latchkey-kids.com/latchkey-kids-age-limits.htm provides a state by state comparison.
Any mentally normal child under 7 years cannot be left alone for any amount of time. Children older than that can be left for a range of 2 - 24 depending on age. I think the previous response and question need clarification. I can't imagine my child being 14 years old, and not allowing her to stay home alone. Most baby sitters I know start baby sitting at 12 or 13. For children with normal mental capabilities: Ages 7 and under cannot be left alone for any period of time. Children ages 8 through 9 can be left in their home alone for up to 2 hours. Children 10 through 13 can be left alone for up to 12 hours. Children 14 to 17 can be left at home up to 24 hours with adequate adult back-up supervision (an adult willing to take legal responsibility preferably within 5 miles). For children that are mentally handicapped you have to go by their maturity age and not their chronological age. == I disagree with the ages listed above and believe that Indiana Child Welfare would also. Ages below 8 should not be alone period. Ages 9 - 10 should not be alone longer than 30 minutes. Ages 11 - 12 should not be alone longer than 3-4 hours. Ages 13 - 15 should not be alone longer than 8 hours. Ages 16 - 17 should not be left alone longer than 12 hours. All this being said, there actually is NO LAW as to the proper or legal age of a child being left alone in Indiana. BUT there are things to consider however that could cause problems of a legal nature regarding Child Protection Services and need to be addressed for the safety of child and parent: * Will the child have access to a telephone in case of emergency? * Does the child know to dail 9-1-1 in an emergency? * What constitutes an emergency to warrant calling 9-1-1? * How long will the parents be gone, leaving the child alone thus subjecting the child to neglect? * Is there proper food in the house? * Does the house contain health hazzards? (ie: exposed wiring, falling ceiling tiles or plaster, broken steps, broken windows, etc...) * Are there firearms in the home the child could access dangerously? * Are there lighters the child might obtain and start a fire? * Is there running water in the home? All of these issues are ones that the child protection agencies would be considering if a neighbor or interested party were to call in a neglect charge for the child being at home alone. Leaving a sheet of chores or tasks to take care of and to occupy the child's interest and lessen the chance of mishap is always a good idea. Items that can be left on the sheet are things such as cleaning the child's room, drawing the parent a picture of what the school day was like or what they hope it to be like if they haven't gone yet, and watching television. Never allow a young child to clean dishes that would include sharp edges or sharp knives or cooking while they are unattended and below the age of 12.
It is not legislated. The child needs to be safe. 12
Residents of Indiana who have a child should know the state does not have an age minimum for leaving your child home alone. However, it is important to consider the exact length of your trip as well as how responsible your child is before deciding whether or not they can handle this responsibility.
13 is the legal age for a child to be left alone in the US
what age is legal to leave your child home alone in new york
There is no legal age limit for leaving a child on their own, but it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk
There is no law in the state of Indiana which places a legal minimum age at which a kid can be left home alone. The minimum age ranges from 8 to 14 in other states.
TN has no law regulating the age a child must be to stay home alone
There is no legislated legal age. The parent has the responsibility to ensure that the child is properly cared for. The age at which a child is capable of being home alone varies by child and situation.
There is no legal minimum age in which a child can be left home alone overnight in Missouri. However it is never recommended that a child younger than age 12 be left home alone at all.
There is no legal age for children to stay at home alone.
12 in Indiana, but there are time restrictions with that. In Canada a child at the age of 11 years can go to a home alone course and after that they can stay home alone.
In Ontario, Canada it is not legal to leave a young child home alone overnight. After the age of 16, a child can be left alone over night.
The legal age in California to leave a child home is 9 years old. There is no legal age set for leaving a child home in California, but there are guidelines. The legal status of leaving a child home alone all determines whether there are any disturbances within the neighborhood as a result of the child being left home alone. This means that the child must be both responsible and trustworthy in order to be named LEGAL.
A child can be left home alone at home only at the age of 13......
The legal age for a child to stay home alone in North Dakota is 9 years and up (it is unlawful for leave a child under the age of 9 alone.)
the legal age is 12 if you think they are mature to be home alone but not under the age of 12 at all!