Newest 'Sesame Street' character is in foster care


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There's a new muppet on the block, and she is in foster care.

Karli, who is friends with Elmo, lives with her "for-now" parents, as she describes it.

Sesame Workshop has introduced the world to the new muppet in hopes of shedding light on different types of families.

"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," Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop said. "By giving the adults in children's lives the tools they need—with help from the 'Sesame Street' Muppets—we can help both grownups and children feel seen and heard and give them a sense of hope for the future."

And it's no coincidence that Karli's arrival happened in May. May is National Foster Care month. More than 440,000 children were in foster care in 2017 in the United States.