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Dependent Children

 While you are in the Rochester area, the following information may help you to locate services and plan for the care and development of your children.


Legal Guidance for Parents

It is illegal in the United States to leave small children or babies unattended in a home, hotel or car by themselves. If you and your spouse must leave your child temporarily, you must arrange for someone else to care for them. An adult or responsible older child (usually 12 years or older) should be supervising the child’s activities and US laws may subject a parent who leaves a child unattended to charges of negligence or "endangering the welfare of a child." Please leave your children with an adult friend or neighbor if you need to go out without them. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or suspect the possibility of neglect or abuse, you may call the NY Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: +1-800-342-3720 (this is a 24-hour toll-free number).