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January 17, 2008


A Call for Entries: Human Services Announces 13 th Annual Art Contest Celebrating Responsibilities of Parenthood

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 11, 2008
TRENTON – The Department of Human Services' Division of Family Development will hold its 13 th Annual Teen Media Contest to reinforce the Department's mission to instill a sense of parental responsibility in teens. The statewide contest is open to all New Jersey middle and high school students.
This year's theme is: Depict how your parent supports your dreams. Student hand-drawn submissions should illustrate a time when a parent has supported one of their dreams. For example, helping practice soccer moves for a big game, sitting in the front row of a dance recital or helping study for a big exam.

"For the first time in 10 years, teen pregnancies have risen 3 percent," said Jeanette Page-Hawkins , director of the Division of Family Development. "With that statistic as a backdrop, the NJ Department of Human Services would like to give teens a reason to think about their own parents to understand the emotional and financial commitment it takes to be a parent. We especially want them to consider the additional responsibility parenting would be for a teenager and how it would impact their dreams."

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 11, 2008. Staff from the Division of Family Development and its Office of Child Support Services will judge the contest.

Winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds and certificates of achievement during a springtime awards ceremony. Winning submissions along with additional student entries will be featured in the annual child support calendar which is distributed to all middle schools and high schools in New Jersey .

To register your school, or for more information on this contest, please contact Laura Febbi at 973-286-8282 or Teachers will also be able to register online starting January 14 at

For more information about child support services, call 1-877-NJKIDS1 or visit

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