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Leaving Your Child Home Alone.

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Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
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All parents eventually face the decision to leave their child home alone for the first time. However, children face real risks when left unsupervised. Those risks, as well as a child’s comfort level and ability to deal with challenges, must be considered. This factsheet provides some tips to help parents and caregivers when making this important decision. (Author abstract modified)