It does not matter whether a parent had anything to do with a biological child growing up or not, the child is still entitled to take the FMLA time to care for that parent. The FMLA states one of the reasons for an employee to take family or medical leave is to “ care for the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent, of the employee, if such spouse, son, daughter, or parent has a serious health condition” (Halbert & Ingulli, 2009, p.137). The definitions of parents are broad. According to the FMLA, a parent is defined liberally as biological, adoptive, step, or foster parent, or an individual who stood in loco parentis to the person when that person was younger (Dwoskin & Squire, 2010). Thus, the term "parent" means not only the biological parent but also the person who acted as the parent when the employee was a child.