The show has revealed that one character, Karli, was in foster care because her mother had an addiction–and helps kids learn about this hard subject.
According to Sesame Street in Communities, there are 5.7 million children under age 11–or one in eight children–living in households with a parent who has a substance abuse disorder in the United States. This number does not include children not living with a parent due to separation or divorce, incarceration, or death as a result of their addiction. One in three of these children will enter foster care due to parental addiction, a number that has grown by more than 50% in the past decade. Sesame Street in Communities hopes that the effects these statistics have on kids can be mitigated by programming, resources, and support from the adults that this initiative targets. For more information on Sesame Street in Communities, head to the initiative’s website.
Main Image: Credit Zach Hyman / Sesame Workshop, via NBC News.