While voluntary declaration is easiest, that’s not always an option, especially if the father is not present at birth or no longer has a relationship with the child’s mother.
Although there are federal and state guidelines on the topic of unsupervised kids, there’s a lack of hard-and-fast rules. Only three states legally mandate the minimum age at which a child can be left unsupervised: Illinois says kids under 14 can’t be left home alone, Maryland mandates the age of 8, and Oregon says 10.
Generally, you must consider your child’s maturity, medical needs, and developmental status. At the same time, you should ensure the home environment is safe, making sure that your child cannot access household hazards like toxic cleaning materials, medications, or firearms.
Every student is entitled to a safe learning environment. Working around an allergy won’t harm a child who doesn’t have the allergy, but not working around it could kill a child who does.
There’s nothing quite like that sinking feeling when the luggage carousel goes around and around and your bag is nowhere to be seen. The good news is there is legal recourse to recoup your losses if your luggage never turns up. The bad news? It’s not easy.