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What is the legal age of a latchkey child in Texas?

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2008-06-18 16:22:31

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


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