Sesame Street has created another lovable, colorful young muppet, and she’s a foster kid! Karli, a bright green puppet with yellow streaked ponytails and a purple nose, debuted on May 20. She’s part of the Sesame Street in Communities effort to help kids deal with hard topics like the foster system.
The videos on Karli and her family are specially-created materials by Sesame Workshop. The Atlantic reports that these online resources will not be featured on the television show. Instead, they are intended to be used by parents, caretakers, social workers, therapists and others who work with affected children.
Karli and her foster parents, Clem and Dalia, appear in several videos where they discuss being a foster family and the challenges that come with it. All the interactions are designed to be at kid-level, of course, and the dialogue was carefully researched and chosen.
Clem and Dalia, for instance, are described as Karli’s “for-now” parents, and in the video below from the Sesame Street in Communities YouTube account, they talk about always being there for Karli.