My husband's little cousin is 16 years of age. He will turn 17 in 2 months. His family is very abusive to him (emotionaly) and treat him very badly. When he lived across the street form me he would be at my house everyday because he did not want to go home and deal with the pain of his family and to eat. He spent the summer with us and now wants to live with us because he can not take it with his family anymore. He is very depressed and his family cuts him down all the time. They only make it worse for him. He is a very happy person when he is with us. I know in Texas it can vary some say that its 17 and some say that it is 18 and I want to know which one it is. He wants to be with us so he can finish out school here and do it in peace. He lives in Dallas county.