In Loco Parentis Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term In Loco Parentis.

In Loco Parentis (Latin Phrase)

"In Loco Parentis" is a Latin phrase which translates to "in place of a parent". In law, it is a doctrine used to describe a situation where an individual, such as a custodian or foster parent, assumes parental responsibilities and duties without formal adoption. Such individuals are granted the rights and obligations to act as a parent towards the child.