Written by Derrick Bryson Taylor
“Sesame Street” is tackling yet another difficult topic: addiction.
Sesame Workshop announced on Wednesday an effort to support children and families affected by addiction. In several new videos, Karli, a 6-and-a-half-year-old green Muppet with yellow hair, tells Elmo and other friends that her mother has a “problem” and is in recovery. Karli, who was introduced to viewers in May as part of a foster care initiative, was placed in foster care, it turned out, while her mother was in treatment.
The videos are available for free in English and Spanish through Sesame Street in Communities, which also provides tools and training to vulnerable children and families through community partners like Head Start and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
It took Sesame Workshop a year and a half to create the videos, Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, said on Thursday. This is the first time “Sesame Street” has discussed addiction in any capacity, she added.
“We hear from those partners what they need,” Ms. Westin said. “Quite frankly, what we’ve learned over the last year was how much need there was and how little resources there are for some of the traumatic events that children are facing.”
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