Sesame Street introduced a new character on Monday named Karli — who is described as a “young Muppet in foster care.”The debut was part of a new initiative being rolled out in the Sesame Street in Communities program, which provides “free, easy-to-use resources for community providers and caregivers on a range of topics, including tough issues like family homelessness and traumatic experiences,” according to Sesame Workshop officials.
The resources being offered are bilingual and will help people “navigate” the world of foster care by providing “simple, approachable tools to help reassure children and help them feel safer.”
“We want foster parents and providers to hear that what they do matters,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of social impact at Sesame Workshop, in a statement Monday.
“They have the enormous job of building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety,” she explained. “By giving the adults in children’s lives the tools they need — with help from the ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets — we can help both grown-ups and children feel seen and heard and give them a sense of hope for the future.”