To bring the true stories of the British Home Children to light, to maintain their memory and to reunite the families separated by the child migrant schemes.


Our work has recently featured in:

April 2019 our BHC Registry ranked  #4 out of 14 top sites for finding records of orphanages and children's homes
July of 2017, WDYTYA magazine gave our web sites an an honorable mention in the Best Canadian Web sites for researching your Canadian Roots. 
In 2016 Your Family Tree Magazine  ranked our British Home Children in Canada site as the number 2 online source for researching your Canadian roots, calling the site "impressive". 

Beacons of Light
British Home Children & Child Migrants
International Sesquicentennial Tribute

2019 marks the 150th year since the first BHC arrived in Canada. The BHCARA and descendants reached out to hundreds of communities and venues across Canada, Scotland and England to participate in the Beacons of Light for BHC tribute by illuminating memorials, monuments, buildings or other areas with the colours of the BHCARA. The response was overwhelming with over 230 tributes paid to the BHC. Illuminations included the iconic Niagara Fall in Ontario, Toronto's CN Tower, The Northern Lights Display in Vancouver and St Andrews House - Head Quarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her Majesty the Queen has sent a letter of support for the work of BHCARA and our Beacon tribute. This symbolic gesture showed the world how proud we are of the resiliency of the BHC, Canada's nation builders, while paying tribute to those who died young.

To learn more about this historic tribute visit our tribute page: From Castles to Waterfalls

From Castles to Waterfalls

About Us

Awards & Recognition

The BHCARA is an international organization which strives to catalogue Home Child information and Home Children stories, to reconnect families unjustly torn apart by these migrant programs and to promote the story of the Home Children across the world. It is the first organization to use the social media to promote the BHC story with unprecedented and unparalleled success. 

CEO: Ms. Lori Oschefski Click for her bio
Registry Administrator: Mrs.LeeAnn Beer
Honorary Patron: British Home Child - the LateJohn Vallance. Mr. Vallance donated the funding to start the organization in 2012.

BHCARA indexes

3 November, 2016
2016 OMA Awards of Excellence Recipient for Excellence in Exhibit, presented to the Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto for the exhibit "Breaking the Silence", created in partnership with the BHCARA

NEWLY RELEASED INDEX Reports from the UK National Archives 1883 - 1892 as transcribed by Mr .Chris Allen

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12 May, 2016
CEO of BHCARA Lori Oschefski, Ivy Sucee (Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Memorial Group) ,Sidney Baker (Home Children Canada, Western Branch) and Ali Thompson all from Canada, represented the British Home Children at Barnardo's 150th Anniverary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

November 2015

CEO Lori Oschefski nominated for the Orillia Museum of Art and History Historical Award.

Click on image to hear our October 2017 interview on CBC's The National 

CEO Lori Oschefski has been personally involved in working with families of BHC since 2007, with two widely recognized prior projects.


1. The Gillingham Park Fete Tragedy

2. The Gillingham and Battle B26 Crashes of 1944


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