A single dad is looking forward to a very special Father’s Day this year after adopting his fifth disabled child. Ben Carpenter 35 from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, who is dubbed a ‘super dad’ by his friends and family, initially only wanted to adopt one child when he was 21-years-old.
But ten years on, Mr. Carpenter has just become a dad-of-five after finalizing the adoption of his son Noah who has a genetic condition known as Cornelia de Lange syndrome – and does not write off adopting more.
With a range of disabilities, his children, Jack, 11, Ruby, eight, Lily, six, Joseph, three, and Noah, one, all have complex needs, from Autism to Pierre Robin syndrome.
The full-time father, who used to work at a residential school for children and adults with disabilities, said: ‘Even at the age of 21 I knew I wanted to be a father as soon as possible I may have only been young but I’ve always had an old head on my shoulders.
‘I was convinced with me being single as well that they wouldn’t take me seriously – but I was over the moon when they did. ‘Due to previously working with disabled adults and children, I knew it was only right for me to adopt a disabled child because I knew I’d be able to care for them properly.
‘I originally saw an advertisement from local adoption social services looking for adoptive parents; and I thought, well, they’re not going to want me as a single guy. ‘But I told them who I was and where I worked and they were really positive and quite enthusiastic about me adopting a child.
Jack has autism, Ruby has Pierre Robin syndrome and limited use of her arms because of missing bones, Lily is deaf and Joseph has Down Syndrome. Noah’s rare syndrome and severe birth defects affect both his arms and legs but Mr. Carpenter says since becoming part of the family it’s like he’s ‘always been there’.
He said: ‘Noah is great and has fit into our family just perfectly and, to be honest, it’s like always been there!
‘His new brothers and sisters are great with him, Lily, in particular, is extremely maternal and helps me feed Noah and things.’
Source: daily mail