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How old can a child be, before they can stay at home alone

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How old can a child be, before they can stay at home alone
California has no specific age where a child can stay home alone. The rule of thumb as set by the Department of Family Services is that children around the age of 12 can be left home unsupervised for a few hours, they should not be left home alone over night. The parent is in charge of assessing whether their child is ready to stay home alone. In general the child who is capable of handling all emergency situations that they may face while home alone can stay alone unsupervised. However since the child is a minor, the parent is ultimately responsible for the safety of the child.

Contact your local department of family services for their guideline so you can access your child's ability.

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