With almost one in three children coming into the care of child protective services around Australia having a parent with a current or previous addiction problem, it is important to recognise not only the prevalence of addiction, but also that addiction affects everyone in a community, most especially children. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, announced an initiative which sits alongside Karli’s presence in the show. Using new videos and other content, Sesame Street favourites such as Elmo and Abby Cadabby learn about Karli’s story, and how they can help their friend to cope. Support resources, which are part of the Sesame Street in Communities program, help deliver the key messages children living with parental addiction need to hear most: You are not alone. You will be taken care of. Addiction is a sickness and, as with any sickness, people need help to get better. And most importantly: It’s not your fault.
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