Foster Parents

The Ratcliff Family

The Ratcliff FamilyTravis and Tonya Ratcliff have lived at Peppers Ranch since 2009. They have been married since 2000 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!

Barlow FamilyThe Barlow Family

Nic and Anna have been married since 2002. They are the proud parents of 8 adopted children.  They have been fostering since 2004.  Peppers Ranch has been their home since the spring of 2010.  They attend Victory Church of Edmond where the kids are all involved and loving it.  In addition to being full-time parents, Nic works as an Auto Technician for Mercedes Benz of OKC and Anna works as an Executive Assistant for the HALO Project. They love spending lots of time with their kids, their family and the families at Peppers.  They have developed some very strong friendships that they cherish at Peppers Ranch. 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 always growing family and for Peppers Ranch. 

BlankenshipThe 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 8 children and in January of 2017 the Lord showed his faithfulness with a gift of a biological baby boy!  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.  

The Ratcliff Family B.T Ratcliff

Brandt and Tiffany Ratcliff were married in May 2001. Brandt teaches psychology at a high school in Oklahoma City, and Tiffany works in Moore as the call center manager for Mazzio’s Pizza.  The Ratcliffs have been fostering since 2013 and were thrilled to join Peppers Ranch in May 2014 to become a part of this thriving community and support the mission and vision of this organization. They have eight children (3 biological and 5 adopted) – Sutton, Hudson, Everlyn, Rowen, Roman, Braelyn, Calen, and Julien. They enjoy family activities including impromptu dance parties in their living room, going to see live performances of music theater, participating in Pepper's Ranch community events, and attending Life.Church 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 since 1998 and moved to Peppers Ranch in October 2014. McElhaney They have been involved in foster care since July 2012.  They currently have 5 adopted children and 1 foster child. Joe works as a Behavioral Health Clinician at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.  Memory works Hair Stylist at Salon Exclusive.  They attend church at Generations Church in Guthrie. 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.  

Terry FamilyThe Terry Family

Matt and Ashlee Terry have been married since 2007.  The Terry family attends Crossings Community Church.  They adopted their fourth daughter in December 2014.  After this, they closed their home and said that when God provided more space, they would re-open to accept more foster children.  After moving to the Ranch, they welcomed 7 children into their home and adopted a sibling set of five in 2017.  They feel blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of Pepper's Ranch, and are excited to see what God has planned for their family. 

The Martinez Family

Carlos and Kristin have been married since 2011. They have lived at Peppers Ranch since December of 2015. They have one Martinez Familybiological son and have adopted four and currently have two foster children. The Martinez family attends Life church in Oklahoma City. Carlos and Kristin say they always believed in God's plan for them and feel so blessed to be on this journey and thankful to call Peppers Ranch home.

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
  • Equine Program
  • Community Garden
  • Baseball/Soccer Field
  • Playground
  • 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