There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages for children home alone, but many state agencies have published guidelines. Georgia, Illiniois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with specific ages specified in their laws.
12 years of age appears to be the most common recommendation. Below in Related Links is an article entitled Home Alone Children Legal Age Limits which provides one guideline from a California agency representative who suggests that 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). This site also provides a state by state comparison with references. The Tennessee citation referenced in this link (Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges) states: "There is no legal age for children to stay at home alone. Parents are advised to use their best judgment, keeping the child's maturity level and safety issues in mind."
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.
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