15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Victoria L. Schneider, M.D.
Kapi'olani Child At-Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program
The leading forensic pediatrician in Hawaii, Dr. Victoria L. Schneider moved her successful pediatric career from California to Honolulu in 1994. She also teaches in the Pediatrics Department of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and serves as a member of many task forces.
In her role as child welfare medical consultant, Dr. Schneider learned that 97 percent of the children reported did not receive medical forensic diagnostic examinations, including those entering the foster care system. To address this concern, she led a multidisciplinary team to visit model abuse prevention programs in California. Dr. Schneider mobilized community support and funding to create both the HOPE (Hawaii Outreach Pre-Placement Evaluation) and the CARE (Kapiolani Child-At-Risk Evaluation) programs. Two HOPE clinics provide comprehensive pre-placement exams for children entering foster care. The CARE program conducts comprehensive forensic medical examinations for children reported for abuse and neglect, gathering the forensic evidence needed to prosecute perpetrators of severe abuse. Dr. Schneider has raised over $1.2 million for these programs, establishing model services for victims of abuse, providing needed care, and reducing the likelihood of re-abuse. Currently, she seeks State funding to assure these services become a permanent component of child welfare services.
Hawaii much appreciates Dr. Victoria Schneider — an outstanding pediatrician and a tremendous leader in advocating for the vulnerable children of our State.