Sesame Street has been a popular children’s show since 1969, and I remember watching it when I was young. The show teaches basic skills and values such as the alphabet, numbers, and kindness. It’s basically pre-school on the television.
Now the Sesame Workshop, the organization behind the educational show, is introducing a new muppet to the crew: Karli, a foster child, as well as her foster parents, Dalia and Clem. The non-profit group is seeking to support the foster care system, which includes: the foster parents, foster children, and providers who serve the families.
The number of children in foster care in the U.S. has grown for five consecutive years, according to the release. In 2017, nearly 443,000 children spent time in foster care—six out of every 1,000 children in the U.S., the release said.
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, who saves as the Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, stated: “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.”
Normalizing foster care in this day and age is extremely important, especially if we want to lower the rate of abortions. We must beat down the stigma of foster children being broken or living terrible lives. They do have it harder, but that does not mean they are any less human or any less deserving of love. It does not mean they are any less deserving of a chance to be born.
“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,” Betancourt continued, “By giving the adults in children’s lives the tools they need—with help from the Sesame Street Muppets—we can help both grownups and children feel seen and heard and give them a sense of hope for the future.”
Free, bilingual resources released Monday include several “simple, approachable tools to help reassure children and help them feel safer.”
The resources include new videos featuring Karli, her “for-now” parents and Sesame Street friends.
Sesame Workshop’s initiative is part of 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 the release.
Here are some of the videos: