State Laws And Let Grow Updates in California

State Laws And Let Grow Updates in California

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State Laws And Let Grow Updates in California

State Laws And Policies

Criminal Law:

California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, at 4 CCR 11164-11174.3 includes threatened harm to a child’s welfare through acts or omissions. Under 4 CCR 11165.3, these acts or omissions include willfully causing or permitting any child to suffer, or inflicting thereon, unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering. 4 CCR § 11164-11174.3. The Reporting Act at 4 CCR 11165.3 makes it a criminal offense, as does the Penal Code at Section 273a, to harm a child. There is no specific offense related to leaving a child alone but the law does authorize criminal penalties for leaving a child in a dangerous environment. A measure known as Kaitlin’s Law specifically prohibits children under six from being left in a car with the keys in the ignition or where there are specific conditions that put the child at risk unless they are with someone over 12 years of age. Vehicle Code 15620.

Juvenile Court | Child Protective Services | Neglect Law:

California’s criminal code contains the child abuse and neglect definitions in the Penal Code, Part 4,Title 1, Chapter 2 Article 2.5 of which includes “general neglect.” “General neglect” is defined as negligent failure of a person having the care or custody of a child to provide supervision even where no physical injury to the child has occurred. The lack of necessary care is also considered neglect under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act at 4 CCR 11164-11174.3


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.