Foster Parents

The Ratcliff Family

The Ratcliff FamilyTravis and Tonya Ratcliff have lived at Peppers Ranch since 2009. They have been married for 16 years and have 10 children, 5 which are adopted, 3 foster and 2 which are biological. Travis owns a safety supply company and a graphic design company and Tonya is the Executive Director for Peppers Ranch. They attend Life Church in Oklahoma City. The Ratcliff’s are advocates for children with special needs and feel their calling stems around finding answers and avenues to help them grow and overcome life’s obstacles. The Ratcliff’s feel that there are more children in their future, but are leaving it up to God as to when that will take place. The Ratcliff’s enjoy high-energy activities, going to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Omniplex and other activities that keep their crew on the go!

The Barlow Family

The Barlow FamilyNic and Anna have been married for 10 years  They are the proud parents of 8 adopted children.  They have been fostering since 2004 and in the last 3 years have felt God calling them to adopt.  They have lived at Peppers Ranch since the spring of 2010.  Since then they have been attending Living Water Church where the kids are all involved and loving it.  Nic works as an Auto Technician and Anna has been able to be a stay at home mom since they moved to Peppers.  They love spending lots of time with their kids, their family and the families at Peppers.  Children are God's precious gifts and Nic and Anna want to do whatever they can to protect and cherish those gifts.  They are excited to see what God has in store for their growing family and for Peppers Ranch.

The Blankenship Family

Joe and Shelly Blankenship have been married since 1989.  They became foster parents in 2002.  They have 2 biological children, Levi and Ashley. They have one adopted son, Cole. They also have 4 grandchildren. They have been Peppers parents since 2010 and have fostered approximately 100 children!! They believe they have been called to this ministry to help children feel safe and loved. The Blankenships absolutely LOVE being a part of the Peppers Ranch community.

Burpo familyThe Burpo Family

Dustin and Kristin Burpo have been married since 2004. Since first being married, talk of adoption and fostering has been on the forefront of their hearts and minds.  They served in children’s, worship, and associate ministry at various churches throughout the years and currently Dustin is serving full time at Peppers Ranch as the programs director. In 2013 the dream of fostering became a reality with their first placement and they moved to Peppers Ranch in 2015 so they could open up their home to the many more children in the foster care system.  Dustin and Kristin have always wanted a large family and currently have two biological children, four adopted, and one foster.  They know the need is great but they simply want to make a difference in the world “one child at a time.”

Ann Engebretson

Ann Engebretson has come to Peppers Ranch to be the first “Grandma” for the new intergenerational program at the ranch, and she is enjoying doing such grandmotherly things with the children as baking cookies, reading stories, playing games and going for hikes. Her hope in coming to the ranch is that she can model Christ’s love to the children and that she can be a stable and nurturing presence in their lives. Ann has lived most of her adult life in northwestern Montana. She has raised two daughters and a son, and she has six grandchildren. She currently works part time for Stewart Abstract & Title, and when she is not working or spending time with the kids on the ranch, she enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Shadow.


The Gibson  Family

The Gibson family moved to Peppers Ranch in May of 2014.  Johnny and Heather have watched the Lord grow their family rapidly since moving to the ranch.  They have adopted 5 children and are currently fostering a sibling group of 3.  Johnny and Heather met in college and married in 2007.  Johnny is a firefighter for the City of Edmond, and Heather is a stay-at-home mom. They have been fostering since 2012 and are excited to be a part of a community where they are surrounded by people who have the same heart for orphans as they do.  They are encouraged to expand their family and help more Oklahoma foster children who need a safe and loving home.  

The Ratcliff Family

 Brandt and Tiffany Ratcliff have been married for 13 years. Brandt is a 6thgrade teacher in Oklahoma City and Tiffany works in Moore as the call center manager for Mazzio’s Pizza.The Ratcliffs have been fostering for almost a year and have just moved to Pepper’s Ranch in May 2014. They have three biological children – Sutton (11), Hudson (8), and Rowen (4) and currently have five foster children. They are very excited to be a part of this thriving community.The Ratcliffs enjoy family activities including attending Lifechurch in north Oklahoma City. The Ratcliffs yearn to step into the gap for the fatherless and do their part for the growing epidemic of orphans in our state.

The McElhaney Family

Joe and Memory have been married for 18 years and moved to Peppers Ranch in October 2014.  They have been involved in foster care since July 2012.  Joe works as a Behavioral Health Clinician at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.  Memory was working as a Hair Stylist at Schardein & Co. in Oklahoma City but recently made the move to stay home and care for 7 foster children.  They attend church at The Gate in Oklahoma City where Memory serves in the Children’s Program.  Joe and Memory have been in several positions of ministry during their marriage but state; “There is none greater than opening their home, heart, and life fully to God’s children.” The McElhaney’s believe there is nothing that brings them closer to God’s heart than being foster parents.  


Peppers Ranch seeks exceptional foster parents who are truly committed to children and aspire to become part of our growing community.

Peppers Ranch offers parents and children:

  • Centralized educational, therapeutic and recreational service
  • Educational Tutoring
  • Art/Individual/Family Therapy
  • Equestrian Program
  • Community Garden
  • Baseball/Soccer Field
  • Playground
  • Peppers Ranch 4-H Chapter
  • Prancing Peppers School of Dance
  • PTSD Pet Therapy
  • Kids Yoga
  • Fishing in our stocked ponds
  • Living in a very peaceful, safe, and rural environment
  • A community of "extended family" to lean on and encourage one another
  • Opportunities for sibling groups to remain together