Colorado Revised Statute § 18-6-401 provides that it is a criminal offense to unreasonably place a child in a situation that poses a threat of injury to the child’s life or health. This law remained unchanged and was not addressed in Let Grow’s 2020 and 2022 work.
In 2022 Colorado became the fourth state to pass Reasonable Childhood Independence legislation. The law, which passed unanimously, amends Colorado Rev. Statute § 19-1-103 to make clear that parents can give children independence as long as they are reasonable and prudent. It spells out that children can be independent outdoors, in homes, or in other locations. Here is Colorado Gov. Jared Polis discussing the law with Bill Maher.
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.
In the fall of 2022, the Colorado Legislature passed the bill UNANIMOUSLY. Gov. Jared Polis then signed it into law. Watch Gov. Polis and Bill Maher crowing about it!
“We certainly don’t want parents getting in trouble because their kids were playing on the playground,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis yesterday. And with that, he signed the “Reasonable Independence for Children” act into law.
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.
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