What is the legal minimum age for a babysitter in the state of Illinois?
You would have to check with your local court house or police
department to see if there is such a law in place. A reasonable
person would assume that you wouldn't leave a 6 year old in charge,
just as much as a 12 year old couldn't watch 5 children at one
time. I know that it does depend on the maturity level of the
teenager and the discretion of the parents.
Illinois is one of only two states with a law in place for this.
Preparing Children to Stay Alone (May 2001), by the
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), has
the following information about the legal age to be left home alone
in Illinois:What is lack of supervision?
Illinois law defines a neglected minor, in part, as "any
minor under the age of 14 years whose parent or other person
responsible for the minor's welfare leaves the minor without
supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for
the mental or physical health, safety or welfare of that
Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/2-3(1)(d)