loco parentis

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Loco Parentis

[Latin, The place of a parent.] A description of the relationship that an adult or an institution assumes toward an infant or minor of whom the adult is not a parent but to whom the adult or institution owes the obligation of care and supervision.

The term is usually designated in loco parentis.

loco parentis

adverb as a substitute for a parent, as an alternative for a parent, in place of a parent, instead of a parent

LOCO PARENTIS. In the place of a parent.
     2. It is frequently important in cases of devises and bequests, to ascertain whether the testator did or did not stand towards the devisee or legatee, in loco parentis. In general, those who assume the parental character may be considered as standing in that relation but this character must clearly appear.
     3. The fact of his so standing may be shown by positive proof, or the express declarations of the testator in his will, or by circumstances; as, when a grandfather; 2 Atk. 518; a brother; 1 B. & Beat. 298; or an uncle; 2 A. 492; takes an orphan child under his care, or supports him, he assumes the office of a parent. The law places a master in loco parentis in relation to his apprentice. See 2 Ashm. R. 178, 207; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2216.

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Teachers are professionally deemed to be in loco parentis.
The childcare setting is not specifically listed in the Practice Act probably because it is a wellness based setting and because parents have a special relationship with their child care provider, who is acting "in loco parentis," a legal term meaning "on behalf of the parent.
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Occasionally, plaintiffs asserting [section] 1983 claims against public schools have attempted to show sufficient deprivation giving rise to a special relationship on two bases: state compulsory attendance laws and the legal principle of in loco parentis.
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