DHS News April 2014
Updated “Home Alone” Now
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
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
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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