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Entertainment Sesame Street Addresses Addiction with Muppet Karli Revealing Her Mom Is a Recovering Addict

12:55  10 october  2019
12:55  10 october  2019 Source:   people.com

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Today, ' Sesame Street ' reveals the reason Karli , the Muppet in foster care, isn't living at home: Karli ’s mom is struggling with addiction . In fact, according to Fred Muench a recovering heroin addict and president of the Center on Addiction , it’s a game-changer.

Meth comes to Sesame Street : Legendary children's TV show introduces a bright green puppet called Karli who lives in Sesame Workshop is addressing the issue of addiction after data shows 5.7 million children under 11 live in 'My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness,' Salia said.

Sesame Street is tackling addiction with one of its latest segments.

In a storyline that is part of the Sesame Street in Communities project, Karli the muppet reveals that she is in foster care because her mother battles addiction.

In one clip, Karli — voiced by puppeteer Haley Jenkins — thanks Chris (Chris Knowings) for taking care of her and Elmo while her mom “is at her meeting.”

When Elmo asks what kind of meeting Karli’s mom had to go to, Chris explains that Karli’s mom “has been having a hard time.”

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"My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness," Salia said. Show creators wanted to address addiction because there are 5.7 million children under the age of Salia Woodbury (left), 10, on the set with " Sesame Street " Muppet Karli and Muppeteer Haley Jenkins during a taping about

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a teddy bear sitting on top of a table: Karli and Elmo | Sesame Street Workshop/PBS © Sesame Street Workshop/PBS Karli and Elmo | Sesame Street Workshop/PBS “So in order to help her get better, she goes to a meeting with her group,” Chris says in the video. “They all sit in a circle.”

When Elmo excitedly shares that he likes “singing-circle time in school,” Karli tells him that her mom’s circle is very different.

“They talk about grown up problems. She goes everyday so that she stays healthy. You see, my mom needs help learning to take better care of herself,” Karli says.

Later in the clip, Karli further explains that she attends her own group, which is for children whose parents are dealing with the same problems, and that her mom attends meetings “every day so that she stays healthy.”

In a different clip, Karli candidly addressed her mom’s problem as addiction and introduces viewers to her friend Salia, a real-life girl, whose parents are in recovery.

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Karli has had a pretty tough life for such a young muppet . When we first met Karli on Sesame Street back in May, we learned that she was in foster care. Today, Sesame Street reveals the reason she’s not living at home: Karli ’s mom is struggling with addiction . Sadly, she’s not alone. Approximately 8.7.

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“My new friend Salia is a very special friend, her mom and dad had the same problem as my mom — addiction. When my mom was having a hard time, I had lots of feelings. I felt like I was the only one, but now I’ve met other kids like Salia, and we can talk about it together,” Karli says.

Salia, 10, then introduces herself and explains she was forced to live with her grandparents after her parents had to “go to a place to help them feel better” as they battled addiction.

“Addiction is a sickness — It makes people feel like they need drugs and alcohol to feel okay,” Salia says. “They were gone for 60 days and it felt like 60 years.”

a teddy bear sitting on top of a table: Sesame Street Addresses Addiction with Muppet Karli Revealing Her Mom Is a Recovering Addict © Provided by Meredith Corporation Sesame Street Addresses Addiction with Muppet Karli Revealing Her Mom Is a Recovering Addict Viewers then meet her parents as her mom reveals, “We had to leave for 60 days to go get help because we wanted you to have a good life, but first we had to take of ourselves so that we could do that.”

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Sesame Street creators said they turned to the issue of addiction since data shows 5.7m children under the age of 11 live in households with a parent Both of our parents have had the same problem – addiction ,” Karli told the camera. “My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness,” said

" Karli ’s mommy has been having a hard time, so we are her foster parents or her for-now-parents. We will keep her safe until her mommy can take care of The new initiative is part of the show's Sesame Street in Communities program, which provides resources for parents, teachers and other caregivers

The language — which The Hollywood Reporter reported the creators were very careful with, in order to be accessible to children — helped Elmo to understand. He says: “Well, when Elmo talks about a problem that Elmo is having, it helps Elmo feel better.”

Sesame Workshop’s president of global impact and philanthropy Sherrie Westin said in a statement to THR that “For everything we’ve done — from military families to homelessness — it’s all about how to make children free to talk and to give parents the tools to do just that. They tend to avoid it and it’s what they need more than anything.”

This isn’t the first time that Sesame Street has tackled tough topics to make them more accessible to kids.

a teddy bear sitting on top of a table: Karli the muppet | Sesame Street Workshop/PBS © Sesame Street Workshop/PBS Karli the muppet | Sesame Street Workshop/PBS Karli, who is in foster care, was introduced in May (which is National Foster Care Month) of this year.

Last year, Sesame Street featured a homeless muppet, the seven-year-old Lily. It has also featured muppets on the autism spectrum, kids who are bullied, and kids who have parents in jail.

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Sesame Street is tackling the tough issue of homelessness. The popular children’s show has introduced new muppet Karli , a yellow-haired In one video, Karli ’s foster mom explains to Elmo that Karli ’s mother is “having a hard time” and that they will “keep her safe until her mommy can take

" Sesame Street " creators said they turned to the issue of addiction since data shows The online-only segments with Karli and Salia are augmented with ones that feature Elmo's dad, Louie, explaining that addiction is a sickness , and Karli telling Elmo and Chris about her mom 's special adult

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