State Laws And Let Grow Updates in Arkansas

State Laws And Let Grow Updates in Arkansas

Let Grow is making a lasting impact across the entire United States. With the help of greater childhood awareness, volunteers and faithful donations, it is our goal to bring Let Grow programs to thousands of schools and neighborhoods across the country. Take a look at what’s happening in Arkansas and how you can help.

State Laws And Let Grow Updates in Arkansas

State Laws And Policies

Criminal Law:

Arkansas’ Criminal Code provides that it is child endangerment to create a serious risk of death or serious physical injury. The degree of the crime turns on the extent of the harm the person caused. This statement doesn’t specifically list lack of supervision as a crime, but putting a child at a “risk of danger” could be subject to charges under this statute. A.C.A. §5-27-206. Another section makes “endangering the welfare of a minor” a Class B misdemeanor. A.C.A. §5-27-207.

Juvenile Court | Child Protective Services | Neglect Law:

Arkansas law (A.C.A. §9-30-103(4) provides that neglect is failure to provide necessary and proper support. § 12-18-103 (viii) treats neglect as the “Failure to appropriately supervise the child that results in the child’s being placed in:

    1. Inappropriate circumstances creating a dangerous situation; or
    2. A situation that puts the child at risk of harm.

On a positive note, the Arkansas’ Juvenile Court Act contains a preamble/purpose statement which is the Let Grow Model Law, though this law is not enforced through changes in the actual operative definition of neglect.


This webpage is not a legal document, and Let Grow does not take responsibility for the content. Be mindful that some localities have rules and guidelines even when the state does not. When in doubt, consult your local authorities to confirm the laws where you live. What’s more, laws change, as do judicial interpretations of them, and this webpage may not be updated immediately.

Nationwide State Laws And Policies

Learn More About Laws And Policies In Other States

Right now, most states’ neglect laws are incredibly open-ended. They say things like, “Parent must provide proper supervision.” We agree! But people have different ideas of what that entails. Select a state below to learn more about their laws, policies and how Let Grow is helping.