Hello. I don't know if this subject has been on the Board before; I didn't check the archives, yet.
My LEWIS great-grandparents were born in Liverpool, England ~1860, and they and some siblings went to the Liverpool Sheltering Homes in 1873 when it opened. They were all shipped to Canada in ~1874 and each went to a different family in Nova Scotia. My great-grandmother's youngest siblings were 5 and 3 when they traveled.
They had an older brother, who seemed to travel from Liverpool, England, to British Columbia, Canada, in 1873. Edward CORKILL, I'm told, could have traveled in several different ways. The trains did not go all the way across Canada in 1873, so he would have either gone down to the U.S., or stayed in Canada and "walked" across the country. Or, he could have come to the U.S. East Coast and gone to San Francisco, CA, that way. Or, he could have gone to the West Coast of the US first. Either way, he probably took a ship up to Vancouver, B.C.
My great-grandparents married in Nova Scotia and came down to Massachusetts in 1881. They raised 13 children here.
... If you would like to learn more about the "British Home Children," you can do a Google search for that term, or for "Home Children, Canada." That is the Canadian term for what the people in Great Britain called "Child Migrants."
There is a "British Home Children" List and Board. By looking at the archives of each, you can find out about this "scheme." Over 100,000 children were "shipped to Canada" from all parts of the U.K. - from the 1860's to the 1930's.
(And, many more "child migrants" were shipped to Australia and several other "British Colonies.")