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What is the legal age a child can stay home alone in Arizo

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What is the legal age a child can stay home alone in Arizona?

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  1. I am a licensed attorney, and I will be glad to try and answer your question. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you, but please just write back if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification on anything after reviewing the following information.
  2. Arizona has not passed legislation about leaving children at home. However, there are child welfare laws that can be applied if the child is left in a hazardous situation and is not able to look after themselves. 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. For a state-by-state comparison you can look here. For information directly from the Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Protective Services you can look here.

 

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