|Is Sesame Street ahead of the Curve in Addressing Children’s Issues?|
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|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Friday, 16 August 2013 08:35|
Overcoming Parental Challenges; Author, Entertainer &
Former Foster Child Offers Advice
Sesame Street recently addressed a topic that can be hard to talk about, even among adults, and directed it toward children. Alex is the newest character created for the program, introduced in an effort to relate to the 2.7 million children in the United States, younger than age 18, who have a parent in the country’s prison system.
“Addressing social issues on a mass scale is always a challenge, and with publicly funded programs being slashed left in right due to the economic downturn, one could be reasonably concerned that underprivileged children are being left behind; fortunately, Alex serves as an example to which young children can relate,” says Judy Colella, a musician and author who lived in foster care for part of her childhood. Her young-adult fantasy, “Overcomer – The Journey,” is available through her website, www.themacdarachronicles.com.
“Children raised in disadvantaged homes are often shy, intimidated, afraid or angry and don’t know how to reach out for help, even if it’s just someone to talk to.”
For guardians who find themselves in a challenging circumstance while raising a child, Colella offers advice for helping children overcome hardship:
About Judy Colella
Judy Colella is a musician, singer and author of a young adult fantasy series about a boy from 6th century Ireland who finds himself in an abusive modern-day American foster home. As a child, Cian MacDara must travel across time and continents to fulfill his destiny. Judy, who lived in foster care as a child and was adopted by a loving family, says children and teenagers need to learn the power of the choices they make.
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