“Team Precision will be collecting toys, clothes, cards for the foster kids FosterHope Sacramento and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California for 4 weeks at Precision M.D. Cosmetic Surgery Center! We invite the community to donate gifts for these children/teens to brighten up their day during the holiday season! Drop off any new gifts, toys, clothes, letters at Precision MD anytime between Nov 18th & Dec 13th! Let’s impact some lives!”
“Sesame Street” has introduced a new Muppet with the aim of highlighting the stories and unique love of foster families.Meet Karli, The New ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet In Foster Care — CBS Pittsburgh
By Sandra Gonzalez, CNN
(CNN) — “Sesame Street” has introduced a new Muppet with the aim of highlighting the stories and unique love of foster families.
The center of the new initiative is a Muppet named Karli, a yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s who introduces viewers to the concept of “for-now parents.”
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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 care of her again.”
Elmo innocently asks when that will be, to which Karli’s foster mom explains they’re not sure. But “what we do know is that Karli belongs here now.”
“We want her here with us,” she says.
Karli’s appearances contain within them both lessons for foster families — like the importance of stability and a sense of belonging — and explanations for children, told through the eyes of Elmo.
With the initiative and the introduction of Karli, “Sesame Street” continues to prove why it’s been one of television’s greatest teaching tools for more than half a century.
May is National Foster Care Month in the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Children’s Bureau, there are more than 440,000 children and youth in foster care.
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But before I dig in to the “HOW,” I want to explore the “WHY,” and that requires taking some time to step into your foster child’s shoes (as much as is possible) when they come into your care. As much as you try to be a kind, good foster parent, the bottom line is you are a stranger, and everything about your house and your toys and your food is strange. It’s really important that we foster parents internalize this truth: the experience of coming into your home is yet another traumatic event in this child’s life.That First Night in Foster Care —
We are so grateful to all the folks who came out today to help transform our landscape. Big thanks to The United Way, Beth Farrell at FirstService Residential, Barry Nietsch from Coast Landscaping, EPS Landscaping, Emigh’s Ace Hardware, Sherwin Williams, and all the other folks who donated their time, money and effort to create a better place for foster children and their families.
Angel and Good Day Sacramento were wonderful too, and we are so happy to have been part of the program.