A single dad from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England is an inspiration, having adopted five special needs children to raise on his own.
“Even at the age of 21, I knew I wanted to be a father as soon as possible, ” he says!
The single dad with a big heart
35-year-old Ben Carpenter has opened his home to five little kids, each with a specific disability. He initially just wanted to adopt one child and never imagined he would have five!
When Ben saw an advert looking for parents wanting to adopt a child he didn’t think he stood a chance, being single.
“I originally saw an ad from a local adoption social services looking for adoptive parents and I thought, well, they’re not going to want me as a single guy, I was convinced they wouldn’t take me seriously, but I was over the moon when they did,” he added.
“I knew I’d be able to care for them”
In actual fact, Ben is more than qualified to look after his children given his experience of being a carer of adults with special needs. This has given him the confidence to believe in himself that he is capable of being a responsible father.
“I’ve never wanted biological children because there’s much, much more than just being biologically linked to a child,” he said. “My children are my children!”
Ben’s five kids, each a blessing in their own way
Ben’s children are, from left to right: Jack (11); Ruby (8); Lily, (6), Joseph (3) and newly adopted baby Noah (1). All five have complex needs, ranging from autism to Pierre Robin syndrome.
His son Jack has autism, Ruby has Pierre Robin syndrome, Lily is deaf, Joseph has Down Syndrome, and Noah has Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
According to Ben being a father is the most important thing in his life. He has promised to do everything for his children, to love, protect and provide for them.
“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad,” he says.
Ben is truly a superhero for these children. His big heart will help them, to feel loved and accepted. His act of love is unconditional and selfless.
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Joyca Lorriene wrote this article.