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What is the legal minimum age for a babysitter in the state of Illinois?

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2011-09-14 10:43:32

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_Law" id="Illinois_Law">Illinois Law

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)

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