The journey of Stanley and Kensly Printemps Owens started years ago when their mother left them at an orphanage in Haiti. It ended when they found a new home with an adoptive family in suburban Pittsburgh.

Kensly and Stanley are among the 54 children whom former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell and others escorted from Haiti to Pittsburgh after an earthquake ravaged the Caribbean nation in January 2010. The brothers were among 12 children in that group who had no families waiting for them, and they were in limbo for a year until federal officials made sure they had not been separated from biological relatives who could care for them.

Gov. Rendell, now special counsel with Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia, says it “took a little too long” to find homes for the 12 children. But of the Haiti mission’s value, he says, “I never doubted it for a minute.”

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