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'Sesame Street' Introduces Karli, A Muppet In Foster Care

A foster family has been introduced into the world of Sesame Street.

In a new clip titled 'You Belong', Elmo went to his new friend Karli's house for a pizza party dinner, meeting her "for-now parents", Dalia and Clem.

While explaining that each person had a place mat at the table to indicate their belonging, Karli's was nowhere to be found, prompting Karli to feel the emotions of being placed into foster care.

"I don't have a place!" Karli said, as Clem took her aside to comfort her.

Elmo then asked Dalia what "for-now parents" meant.

"Well Elmo, sometimes even mummies and daddies need some help taking care of their children," she explained. "Karli's mummy has been having a hard time so we are her foster parents, or her 'for-now' parents. We will keep her safe until her mummy can take care of her again."

Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president of social impact at Sesame Workshop, said in a statement that the goal of these new characters was to acknowledge the work foster parents do.

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“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,” she said. “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.”

Feature image: Sesame Workshop