Love knows no bounds as in the case of single dad, Ben Carpenter.
Hailing from Yorkshire, Ben was only 21 years old when he adopted his first child. However, a few years later, he had a change of heart and recently finalised the adoption of his fifth child, Noah.
Noah, like his four other siblings, has a rare genetic disorder – Cornelia de Lange syndrome which affects his arms and legs. His four other siblings on the other hand have a range of disabilities from Autism to Pierre Robin Syndrome.
Speaking to the Mirror, Ben 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.”
However, he wasn’t sure if it the adoption process was going to be easy since he is 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.”
Fast forward nine years, Ben is now a father of five children. His oldest son, Jack is an 11 year old with autism. His eldest daughter, Ruby, 8, has Pierre Robin syndrome. She has limited usage of her arms due to missing bones.
His two other children, Lily, aged 6, is deaf and Joseph, aged 3, has Down Syndrome. Even though they may not share the same genetics, Ben, a full time single parent sees them as his own.
In fact, he doesn’t completely dismiss the idea of a larger family in the future with more adopted kids, of course! “If in the future a child really needed me and my help, I’m sure I would end up adopting them. I definitely see myself fostering more children though – I just love being a dad”, he added.
Ben definitely lives up to the saying that ‘anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad’. It’s inspiring to see how he is willing to devote his single life to support and love his children for who they truly are.
At the end of the day, family isn’t always blood, it’s about unconditional love and care for one another!
*Source of Featured Image: Caters News Agency.