A Latin term meaning "in [the] place of a parent" or "instead of a parent". Refers to the legal responsibility of some person or organization to perform some of the functions or responsibilities of a parent.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
(In loh-coh par-ent-iss) Latin for "instead of a parent" or "in place of a parent." People or institutions that stand in loco parentis to a child might be a foster parent, a county custodial agency, or a boarding school.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:17 pm