What is the legal age of a latchkey child in Texas?
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 Home Alone
Children Legal Age Limits which provides one guideline from a
California agency representative who suggests that 8 year olds and
over can be left at home for up to several hours (usually after
school before a parent gets home from work). This site also
provides a state by state comparison with references which includes
the following statement: "Although, there is no Texas law that
defines a specific age at which a child may be left home alone,
there are several factors that should be taken into consideration
when deciding how closely to supervise a child..." - Texas
Department of Family and Protective Services