Special Interest Group on Parenting & Caregiving


The aim of this special interest group is to bring together researchers, practitioners, employers, and policy-makers with interests and expertise in individuals who combine paid work and caregiving for children and/or adults of all ages and ability levels.


  • To foster connections between researchers, policy makers, and practitioners working with employed individuals who care for children, adults, or both, as well as the children and adults who are receiving care.
  • To create an open discussion forum to critically evaluate the current state of research on and policy for individuals with paid work and caregiving responsibilities.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and/or innovative research to advance scholarship on work, parenting, and caregiving.
  • To promote advances in workplace and government policies that support working parents and caregivers.
  • To be a collaborative forum for advice/guidance on research and research funding (i.e., intellectual exchange).

Organizational Structure

  • The Parenting and Caregiving SIG leadership consists of two Co-Chairs (one Chair and one Chair-Elect), one Secretary, and one Membership Coordinator.
  • The Co-Chairs are responsible for providing overall leadership, facilitating and maintaining communication within the group and between the SIG and the larger WFRN leadership, encouraging membership and participation among parenting and caregiver researchers and practitioners, and ensuring overall functioning of the group.
  • The Secretary will assist with posting materials for SIG members and record and share meeting minutes.
  • The Membership Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a database of members and their areas of interest, supporting the Co-Chairs in encouraging new membership, and taking meeting attendance.
  • All officers will be elected by members and serve for a term of 2 years.
  • Officers and SIG members meet in person at the biennial Work and Family Researchers Network conference.


  • Elections for all offices will take place every two years.
  • Nominations will be solicited for all offices.
  • Members can self-nominate.


Membership is open to all WFRN members who identify as researchers, practitioners, employers, and policy makers with interest in integrating paid work with parenting and caregiving.


Chair: Marc Grau-Grau, marc_grau-grau@hks.harvard.edu
Secretary: Sarah Patterson, spatte45@uwo.ca
Membership Coordinator: Maitrevee Bardham Roy, maitrevee25@rediffmail.com