“Anyone can be a
father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
A single dad is looking forward to a very special Father’s Day this year after adopting his fifth disabled child.
Ben Carpenter has been dubbed a ‘super dad’ by his friends and family after becoming a dad of five having finalised the adoption of his son Noah.
The 35-year-old from Huddersfield initially only wanted to adopt one child when he was 21-years-old.
Ten years on Ben has a sizeable family now and doesn’t 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 dad 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.
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 has Cornelia de Lange syndrome which affect both his arms and legs.
Ben says since he become part of the family it’s like he’s ‘always been there’.
The full time dad was never bothered about having biological children as he says adopting is just as good.
Ben added: “I’ve never wanted biological children because there’s much, much more than just being biologically linked to a child.
“My children are my children – for example they have the same mannerisms as me.
Ben has remained single since the young age of 21 and doesn’t plan on looking for a relationship any time soon, with his dad duties being the most important thing to him.