by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography 

Open Hearts, Happy Family

The Rogers family is passionate about opening their lives to kids who deserve a great life and future. “None of our children came into the family biologically. We adopted Braden from birth in Oregon. We have a very open adoption with both his biological parents and their extended families. We adopted Lilah, George, and Sofie last April from San Diego foster care. They’ve lived with us for three years now,” revealed Karen. Each of the Rogers children is actively involved in their school and community. Lilah attends Bernardo Heights Middle School, where she runs cross country, is involved in theater productions, and plays basketball and volleyball. Braden is also a student at Bernardo Heights Middle School. He is involved with the Best Buddies program and plays football and basketball. George and Sofie attend Stone Ranch Elementary School, with George playing football and soccer and Sofie playing soccer and participating in Girl Scouts.

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Kevin and Karen met while at Point Loma Nazarene University. “We officially met on the harbor cruise during the first week activities, but remember each other best from a group hangout at La Jolla Cove,” laughed Karen, who is currently working on a master’s degree in education. She taught and directed early childhood programs for many years and eventually became a children and family pastor. Although Karen took time off during the fostering and adoption process, she is back to work as a behavior interventionist for an ASD preschool class at Stone Ranch. Kevin began his career as a pastor and then moved into sales. “He really enjoys working with people and hopes to help lead the marketing/vision department of a company in the future,” said Karen.

“We want to thank this community for loving us, supporting us, and especially embracing all of our kids with open arms.”

“We want to thank this community for loving us, supporting us, and especially embracing all of our kids with open arms.”

Four years ago, Karen, Kevin, and Braden moved back to San Diego, and they couldn’t be happier. “We want to thank this community for loving us, supporting us, and especially embracing all of our kids with open arms. Our kids feel very cared for and liked here – this is priceless to us,” said Karen. The Rogers family truly loves living in the Westwood community and can often be found swimming at the Westwood Club, visiting Lake Hodges, and playing at Rancho Bernardo Community Park. They also enjoy paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, biking, taking trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, camping, and visiting family in Oregon and Colorado.

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Parents: Kevin and Karen Rogers
Children: Lilah Grace Rogers (13), Braden Andrew Rogers (12), George Glen Rogers (10), Sofie Isabel Rogers (8)
Community: Westwood since 2013
Hometowns: Kevin – Davis, CA; Karen – Santa Cruz, CA
Ocupations: Kevin – Sales; Karen – Behavior Intervention Instructional Aid
Pets: Ocean – black Lab; Murphy – orange exotic Persian
Favorite Places to Visit in 92127: Lake Hodges, The Cork and Craft, Brothers Provisions, Rancho Bernardo Community Park

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