Aug. 28, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications

800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797


 Foster mom, 79, enjoys skydiving, caring for kids in need 


BENNETT, N.C. – Jean Murray is not your typical foster mom. The feisty woman who has been bringing children into her home for two decades is gearing up for her 80th birthday next year. Her celebratory plans include skydiving.

“You’ve got to experience it. It’s an experience that’s indescribable and just wonderful,” she said. “The day I turned 70 was my first time.”

For Murray, who describes herself as “lively,” jumping out of a plane was just one more way for her to express her sense of adventure. She takes chances day in and day out with her work through KidsPeace as a therapeutic foster parent.

“To me, keeping kids is exciting. It keeps me young and healthy and going,” she said.

While Murray has helped countless children through the years, she is humble, saying she just gives them love and discipline.

“There’s so many kids out here that need us,” she said. “No matter what your age, if you have love in your heart for kids, then you’re qualified.”

Anyone interested in interviewing Murray should contact KidsPeace. KidsPeace is proud to celebrate 130 years of giving hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. For more information, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @KidsPeace.


About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.