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DHS News April 2014     


Updated “Home Alone” Now Available

The Office of Community Relations (OCR) has updated one of its most requested products, a guide to deciding when parents or caregivers can leave their children alone at home. OCR first published “Home Alone” in 2008 as a booklet. The updated version converts the booklet to brochure, adds fresh graphics and a few changes in wording to meet suggestions made in a focus group that studied “Home Alone” in the summer of 2013.

OCR posted the new brochure to the “Home Alone” page on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website on April 1 in recognition of national Child Abuse Prevention Month, as a pdf that can be downloaded and printed. Copies of “Home Alone” have also been distributed to thousands of people via school districts, family support centers, child welfare offices, libraries and other community outlets.  

The brochure discusses how parents may decide if their child is ready to be left at home on his or her own; what rules to establish if he or she is considered to be ready; and suggestions for caregiving if a child is not ready to be left home alone.

The DHS Children Youth and Families (CYF) Advisory Board participated in the production and development of “Home Alone.” Other partners in the product are A Child’s Place at Mercy, the Fred Rogers Company and Family Resources. Representatives of those groups also participated in the recent content review, as did representatives of Early Head Start and the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Office of Community Relations of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) produces a wide variety of publications to inform county residents of helpful programs and advice related to child welfare. Visit this page , where links on the left side of the page lead to topics of interest to caregivers and parents.





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