Idaho Code Title 18, Section 15 makes it a crime when someone produces great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon a child unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or for a person who has the care or custody of any child, to willfully cause or permit the person or health of such child to be injured, or willfully cause or permit such child to be placed in such situation that its person or health is endangered. Though endangering children is a crime, the code is not specific as to endangerment for lack of supervision, but might be used against parents who let their children be unsupervised.
Idaho’s neglect law, I.C. 1602, contains a prohibition against a child being without “proper care” or control. Idaho law does have an express protection for independent activities for foster youth.
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.
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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