Home Alone in Georgia

Dreamstime_279149 One of the most frequently searched issues on my Georgia Family Law Blog is the following question:

Q. At what age can children be left at home alone?

The answer appears in a brochure prepared by the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services Child Protective Services, which appears on the Cobb County Schools website:

A. While there is no law that constitutes Lack of Supervision, Georgia policy states children 8 and under should not be left alone. Children 9 to 12 can be left alone for up to two hours or less. Children 13 and above can be left alone and act as a caretaker (babysitter) for younger children. This depends on the child’s level of maturity (limit of twelve hours).

SOURCE: Cobb County Schools