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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Barbara R. Feinstein
Barbara Feinstein has had an extensive career in many areas of social work, particularly in the areas of foster care, children’s mental health and gerontology. She helped bring together the directors of twelve child-placing agencies in five counties in the Philadelphia area to increase the number of foster parents and also helped develop a centralized, in-service training course for foster parents in the 1970’s.
As a consultant to the Emergency Fuel Group, Feinstein helped develop legislation to provide supplemental state funding for energy assistance and weatherization for low-income families in Pennsylvania.
Feinstein’s experience includes positions in the Jewish Community Centers of Richmond, Cleveland and Chicago and at the Grand Street Settlement House in New York in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. After moving to Philadelphia in 1967, Feinstein became director of the Foster Home Education Project. Her training course for foster parents was accredited through the Community College of Philadelphia.
As a consultant, she was also Intervention Director for a nationally-funded heart attack- research program from 1975 to 1983 and was the co-founder of the STOP smoking program.
Feinstein was in private practice for more than 15 years.
Feinstein earned her MSA from Case Western Reserve University in 1958 and her BA from Hunter College. She also received her Diplomate in social work from NASW.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Barbara Feinstein is the former president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Private Geriatric Care Managers and is the former president of the Board of the Energy Coordinating Agency. Feinstein is also a member the American Society on Aging.