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Wondering if you can let your kids walk to the park or wait in the car for a few minutes â€” Â legally?
This list should help.
At Free-Range Kids, we believe parents are the best judges of Â what their kids are ready for, when. But the sad fact is, some loving and responsible parents have found themselves in legal trouble when a busybody or law enforcement official perceived their actions as unacceptable.
Until the day we see the Free-Range Kids and Parents Bill of Rights become the law of the land â€” a bill stating kids have the right to spend some time unsupervised, and parents have the right to let them â€” hereâ€™s a guide to state child welfare laws.
Youâ€™ll see that 19 states have specific laws about when it is legal to leave a child in a car. Five states have laws that specify what age a child can be home alone, and 10 states have â€œguidelines.â€ For states that donâ€™t have these, the child neglect laws are the next most relevant sources of information. You can findÂ them here.
This list is not a legal document and some localities have rules and guidelines even when the state does not. But we hope this at least provides a starting point. ItÂ was compiled by my incredible assistant, Paul Best, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you have any questions or inquiries or local laws to add, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.