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‘Sesame Street’ introduces character in foster care

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“Sesame Street” has reportedly introduced a Muppet character in foster care as part of its “Sesame Street in Communities” program.

The character, Karli, lives with Clem and Dalia, her “for-now parents.” In addition to Karli’s appearance on the iconic children’s program, ABC News reported, the initiative is promoting a series of YouTube videos addressing questions and concerns about foster care.

{mosads}”Fostering a child takes patience, resilience, and sacrifice, and we know that caring adults hold the power to buffer the effects of traumatic experiences on young children,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. “We want foster parents and providers to hear that what they do matters — they have the enormous job of building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety.”

The program offers resources to caregivers and community providers on issues including homelessness and traumatic experiences, according to ABC.

“Sesame Street” has introduced multiple characters intended to acquaint children with real-world issues, including Julia, who is on the autism spectrum and Lily, who is food-insecure, as well as characters with incarcerated parents and children of same-sex parents and military families. In December 2017, the show received a $100 million grant to help Syrian refugee children.

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