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What is the legal age for kids to stay at home alone in Missouri?

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According to the local police department, Missouri has no legal age requirement. It is completely on the discretion of the parent. However, anyone can call in and report child endangerment claims to the Department of Family Services. If DFS must visit the home, and sees it is unfounded, then all is fine. But ultimately, it is up to the descretion of DFS. So in short, use your own judgment or DFS will. Leaving a 4, 5, 6, or 7 year old child at home alone may not be the best choice.

Legal AnswerThere 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 mentioned 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 a state by state comparison with references.

One guideline from a California child welfare representative suggests that 8 year olds and over can be left at home for a brief period of time (usually just after school).

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