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Interview with Diego Fuller – From Foster Child to Rap Artist Success

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Who Is Diego Fuller?

Diego Fuller is a National Recording Gospel Artist (worship & rap) and is also the founder of B.I.G Music Records. As a young man Diego Fuller never imagined that he would become a rapper. Let alone an artist that creates albums, music videos and is getting ready to play a role in a film. Fuller, who was molested at 8 and suffered from depression in a boys home, was one of six teenage boys to be delivered to the home of Mary and Aaron Blake. It is in this home that a childhood of negative events would come to a halt and Diego would be impacted forever.

Discover more about Diego, his life and music, through a portion of the interview below or keep reading.

About Engrafted, 2014 Album

When Diego first showed up to his foster father’s (Aaron Blake) home, his father explained to the young foster child that the house was not a foster home and, ” You’re ENGRAFTED into the family. Everything that is mine Diego, is now yours.”

The full meaning of “Engrafted,” was lost on the young Fuller and he admits that all six foster boys in the home took advantage of hearing the phrase, “Everything that is mine is now yours.”

“We did a lot of different things. Like, we stole their vehicles. We would sneak out of the house at nighttime. We even burnt the house down. The house they engrafted us in – we burnt it completely down.”

Even through all the antics, Fuller’s father was true to his word about the boys being engrafted into the family.

“…But he never said, ‘I’m calling your caseworker because you’re too much for me to handle.’ But he continued to show love – how Christ would love us. He continued to show us what love was and it was a love none of had seen before…”

Ten years after those events Diego found that the concepts and life lessons surrounding the word, “Engrafted,” needed to be taught not merely to foster children but everyone. Thus, the “Engrafted,” Album was birthed to help people see not only the love of Fuller’s foster father but the love of Christ. Once you’re engrafted into God’s family, everything that is His is yours.
  

Ward of State, 2016 Album – Coming Soon

Diego gave us the name of his next and upcoming album which will be called, Ward of State. The album will be as powerful as Engrafted and sounds to be speaking into the lives of foster parents. Watch for more news about this album at: www.iamdiego.org

Does Diego Still Have Struggles From His Foster Care Past?

“The main thing I always think about is me growing up without my biological dad… How would it be to ride in the car with him and just talk to him? How would it be just to have a biological dad there?… I can’t lie sometimes it does get hard. It takes a toll on you just thinking about it all the time.”

However, Fuller continued to explain how his God-given musical talent not only helps him to cope with his struggles but assist his fans in dealing with their past. For this reason Diego is glad for the situations he went through so that he can be the man he is now.

What Do You Tell A Foster Parent That is Struggling With Their Child And Everything Seems Hopeless?

Looking back on his past with his foster father Diego offers parents to look toward the future of the child and not the present.

“… I think if you look at the present of things of how that kid is now – how they’er acting, how they’re talking and how they’re misbehaving, I think you’ll miss the whole concept of why you fostered or adopted in the first place. We’re not fostering or adopting just to help people right now… It’s not a moment thing…It’s about making sure this young man or this young lady is effected in a positive way for the rest of their life…”

Get Involved Helping Orphans

Diego’s organization, B.I.G. Foundation, has several ways that they are impacting orphans around the world. Fuller told us during the interview that he realizes that not everyone is called to foster or adopt but something for everyone to do to help. Visit their website to see how you can get involved and/or get in touch with the organization to see where you would be a good fit.

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Questions – A Song-Poem by a Young Adoptee

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Why did she have to leave me?
Why did she have to go?
Did she not love me?
Why did I have to leave mom?

These questions will always haunt me.
It’s so unfair!
Why did they hurt me?!
Why did she burn me?

The questions of foster kids always haunt them.
They always hurt them. Hurt me.

I want to help you get through this.
I know what it is like,
Feeling all alone.
That dark place weighing you down,
With all these questions.

You just want answers.
Some you will never know.
Don’t keep these questions to yourself.
Tell someone close to you.

I just want to say,
I’m here to help you.
I went through it too.
You’re not alone.
I’m here with so many others.
You’re not alone.
This dark place can be brought to light.
It can be cured.
It can be fixed.

Questions can be answered,
If you ask.

jasmine-fink-foster-adoption-harry-potterJasmine Fink was Adopted from Foster Care in 
Southern Illinois, USA. She enjoys science and learning about animals. Jasmine has found that she has a gift for writing and hopes to help other kids 
in or from the foster care system with her talent.
In 2015 Jasmine was 11 years old.

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Chapter 3 – My Magical Home – Kids’ Discussion

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Does it make anyone else nervous when Harry is at the Dursley’s house? You just never know what horrible thing Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia will cause to happen to Harry. When the Weasleys appeared, our family all breathed a sigh of relief. Somehow we knew Harry would be okay.

What did you think of Ron’s house? We had so much fun learning about the house. Would you de-gnome the garden with the brothers? I think mom, Margie, would love the self-washing dishes. Like Harry, we thought the whole home was fascinating. What did Ron think?!

“Ron thought his house was trash” – The Fink Kids

Why didn’t Ron think his home was great?

“He lived around it so long that he forgot what he had.” – The Fink Kids

The best part of this chapter is that there was nothing really for Harry to feel upset about. He got to have fun learning about this wizarding home.

Instead of talking about something serious, we wanted to just have some fun talking about all the homes we have lived in and what we liked about them. Our kids alone have lived in several different homes with various families. As the Fink family, we have lived in three different homes at this point.

  

 Foster Care Homes:

When you’re in foster care, it can be a little like going on a long vacation. If you have ever stayed in a hotel, it’s exciting to first go into the room and see how it’s decorated and what’s in the room. It’s neat to discover the new things in a foster home and see how it’s decorated.

“I liked [a foster dad’s] house with all of the pictures on the walls. I liked looking at the pictures.”

Some houses offer new experiences.

“This one house we got to go fishing at the pond that was just down the hill.”

“I liked this old lady’s house that looked like a log cabin on the outside but beautiful on the inside. I liked the frogs outside. The frogs would get into the house and were sometimes in the toilets.”

Illinois Home:

Our Illinois home was quite special because it was where our family was formed. Right before any of the kids were adopted, we all planted a sapling. As our family grew closer together, the sapling began to grow stronger and turn into a tree. We also gutted the home and remodeled it so that everyone had their own bedroom. It was truly a building that represented our family.

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“I liked it because I shared a room with my sister, [when we first moved into the house.]”

“I liked the slippery [hardwood] floors and the trees we could climb. There were also two [faux] columns [in the living room] that I could sit on.”

“We had an upstairs and downstairs. The house looked small outside but big on the inside. It was also easy to cut the grass, [because we had such a small yard].”

“The Illinois house had a front [enclosed] porch with screens so you could watch the rain without getting wet.”

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Tennessee Homes:

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So far in Tennessee, we have enjoyed two very different homes. One was in a gorgeous rural area of Tennessee right outside of Knoxville and within view of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Watts Bar Lake. The home was next to Whitestone Country Inn, which incidentally does a great job at celebrating Gotcha Days (adoption anniversaries).

“I liked the woods [surrounding the house] and you could go out and play in the trees.”

“I like the high [second story] back deck and you could see deer sometimes [in the yard right by the house].”

“This house was my favorite. It was easy to cook cookies and stuff in the [large] kitchen. You could also lay down and rest on the deck and listen to birds.”

“It [the house] had a great [big] living room for us to build forts out of pillows.”

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With a new job came a new house in the city. While this home lacks the wildlife and natural beauty, it offers social benefits. There are more homes in a neighborhood in the city and living by a cul-de-sac is a good place to meet friends for playing games and sports.

“I like how many people live here and my friends. I also like seeing all the bunnies that run around. I also like the huge family room.”

“It has stairs that lead us to our nice rooms and the family room upstairs.”
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Now It’s Your Turn:

  1. What would you enjoy the most at Ron’s house?
  2. What is your favorite house you have lived in?
  3. What made it your favorite home?
  4. What would your dream home look like?
  5. What would be inside your dream home?

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Kids’ Discussions:

Ch. 01 | Ch. 02 | Ch. 03 | Ch. 04 | Ch. 05 | Ch. 06 | Ch. 07 | Ch. 08 | Ch. 09 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 | Ch. 12

Parent Discussions: 

Ch. 01 | Ch. 02 | Ch. 03 | Ch. 04