Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces the beloved children’s show, has created a series of videos that features 6-year-old Karli talking to her friends about her mom’s struggle with addiction.
In the latest videos, she tells Elmo, Abby Cadabby and other friends that her mom had to go away for treatment and that she’s now in recovery.
Karli told Elmo that her mom goes to meetings every day to help her stay healthy.
Karli says she goes to a special meeting for kids where they can share their experiences.
“For children who connect to Karli, hearing, ‘It’s not your fault — you are not alone, and there are safe people and places that can help,’ opens a path to hope and healing,” Jerry Moe, national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program, said in the statement. He was one of the advisers for the initiative.
“I’m proud of Mom and Dad for asking for help, and not using drugs or alcohol anymore. And they’re proud of me, for just being me,” she said in the video.
Sesame Workshop says it wants children to know that they’re not alone and to give them tools to help cope with the difficult feelings they’re having if their parents are suffering from addiction.