In case you missed it, there’s a new kid on “Sesame Street” and like other characters on the beloved children’s show, this one’s here to help kids learn. The newest muppet to move in is Karli and she happens to be in foster care and is living with her “for now” parents,Dalia and Clem.
Karli’s story is part of the show’s Sesame Street in Communities program, which gives parents, teachers, and other caregivers resources on a range of topics, including tough issues like homelessness and foster care. Some children may not know anyone who’s been in foster care, so they don’t understand the unique situation these kids are dealing with, being separated from their birth parents and having to move around. Having Karli in that situation introduces it to kids in a way they understand.
"We want foster parents and providers to hear that what they do matters,” explains Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of social impact. “They have the enormous job of building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety."