20 July 1907 Dr. Barnardo Immigration Party at Barkingside, England. Mrs. Barnardo is the lady at the front.
Between 1869 and 1948 over 100,000 children of all ages were brought to Canadian shores from the UK. These children were not brought to Canada for love or protection, they were sent to work on Canadian farms and in Canadian households. This is a significant part of the history of Canada and the United Kingdom, yet it is still vastly unknown. Home Children Canada has been working since 2012 to uncover this story and share the information with the world.
Home Children Canada (HCC), formerly known as British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association (BHCARA) was launched in July 2021. BHCARA was established in 2012, and successfully running for a decade. Our work has been instrumental in bringing awareness to the story of the over 100,000 children brought to the shores of Canada. We are exceptionally proud of our work with the service of the Home Children in the Wars and the key role we played in the recognition of their service by Veterans Affairs Canada.
Home Children Canada works towards identifying the burial sites of Home Children, particularly where our lost children were laid to rest. Home Children Canada discovered the unmarked mass grave of 76 children in Etobicoke, Ontario's Park Lawn Cemetery. After four years of research to discover the children that lay beneath the soil, a grand monument was placed bearing their names.
Throughout the years we have maintained our mission of cataloging Home Children stories, cataloging information, reconnecting families unjustly torn apart by these migrant programs, and promoting the story of the Home Children across the world. Home Children Canada is now their leading voice. Our work continues with building our Home Child Registry and the various indexes now available. Our newsletters, containing stories and educational articles, have been published since 2013.
Our Board of Directors and the many volunteers have exciting plans to further the work of Home Children Canada as a Canadian registered charity.