"Sesame Street" is tackling a serious topic as part of a new initiative.

Karli, a Muppet recently added to the show, tells Elmo that she is in foster care because her mother struggles with addiction and that she attends meetings to help her get better. 

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"They talk about grown-up problems," Karli says in the clip. "She goes every day so that she stays healthy. You see, my mom needs help learning to take better care of herself."

Karli also tells Elmo about the meetings she attends with other kids who have parents who struggle with addiction. 

As part of the initiative, Sesame Street in Communities put together bilingual resources for teachers, families, caregivers and others to talk about parental addiction with children. 

"Addiction is often seen as a 'grown-up' issue, but it impacts children in ways that aren’t always visible. Having a parent battling addiction can be one of the most isolating and stressful situations young children and their families face," Sherrie Westin, President of Social Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop said in a statement. "'Sesame Street' has always been a source of comfort to children during the toughest of times, and our new resources are designed to break down the stigma of parental addiction and help families build hope for the future."

Watch the clip featuring Karli, Elmo and Chris below. 

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