I'm not sure about Texas, and not positive about my native Indiana (it used to be 13 yrs old), but I look forward to reading the answer to this one. Only a very few states have laws that address the age at which a child can be left without adult supervision. Texas does not at this time have a home alone age specific statute, although bills have been introduced into state legislature for the implementation for "latch key" guidelines. The criteria is the maturity level of the child rather than the chronological age. Parents and caregivers should use caution when making such decisions. Legal difficulties arise when a child/children are injured or found in unacceptable living conditions or otherwise come to the attention of authorities (wandering the streets, etc.). Common sense should dictate that any child that cannot fix a simple meal, have the knowledge and ability to cope with an emergency situation, isn't informed on all safety issues and so forth should not be left unattended. There are very few states in the U.S. with legal minimum ages for children home alone, but many state agencies have published guidelines. Georgia, Illiniois, Maryland and Oregon are a few of the states with specific ages mentioned in their laws.
12 years of age appears to be the most common recommendation. Below in Related Links is an article entitled Latchkey Kids Legal Age Limits state by state comparison with references.
One guideline from a California child welfare representative suggests that 8 year olds and over can be left at home for a brief amount of time(such as just after school). The most common statement is that a child's maturity should be the determining factor and not just age.
Texas does not have a law that specifies when a child can be left at home alone. This is left up to the parents to decide if their child is mature enough to handle being left alone.
I live in Texas and we leave my son alone and he is 10. So i dont know.
There is no set legal age in Texas. You have to look at things like the ability of the child, length of time they will be alone, ability to seek help if needed, safety of the neighborhood, etc.
There is no law specifying an age. The child must be safe, feel that they are safe and know how to handle emergencies.
There is currently no laws outlining the minimum age a child can stay home alone overnight in Texas. It is left up to the parents to make that decision.
13 is the legal age for a child to be left alone in the US
what age is legal to leave your child home alone in new york
There is no legal age limit for leaving a child on their own, but it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk
The age at which a child can be left at home alone is only legislated in two states, Maryland and Illinois. The legal check is whether or not the child is safe and has the ability to take care of themselves. Most authorities agree that leaving a 12 year old alone at home for an hour or two is acceptable, but they should not be responsible for other children.
TN has no law regulating the age a child must be to stay home alone
There is no legislated legal age. The parent has the responsibility to ensure that the child is properly cared for. The age at which a child is capable of being home alone varies by child and situation.
There is no legal minimum age in which a child can be left home alone overnight in Missouri. However it is never recommended that a child younger than age 12 be left home alone at all.
Is the neighbor in the house with them? If not, then your child should be 10years old before they can stay at home alone!!!
There is no legal age for children to stay at home alone.
In Ontario, Canada it is not legal to leave a young child home alone overnight. After the age of 16, a child can be left alone over night.
The legal age in California to leave a child home is 9 years old. There is no legal age set for leaving a child home in California, but there are guidelines. The legal status of leaving a child home alone all determines whether there are any disturbances within the neighborhood as a result of the child being left home alone. This means that the child must be both responsible and trustworthy in order to be named LEGAL.
A child can be left home alone at home only at the age of 13......
The legal age for a child to stay home alone in North Dakota is 9 years and up (it is unlawful for leave a child under the age of 9 alone.)
the legal age is 12 if you think they are mature to be home alone but not under the age of 12 at all!