Definitions for "Parens Patriae"
Latin]. "Parent of the Country." The doctrine that the state is responsible for the welfare of children.
the doctrine that the state must act as "parent of the country" to provide protection to minors and others suffering from disability
The juvenile justice system of America was formed under the idea of “parens patriae,” or “state as parent.” The state is deemed to have a responsibility to care for youths who have begun dangerous or criminal life patterns. Within this parental role the state has a responsibility to do what it can to rehabilitate youth in its care.