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A single dad from Huddersfield is looking forward to another special Father’s Day as he welcomes his fifth adopted child into his home.
35-year-old Ben Carpenter has been dubbed ‘super dad’ by his friends and family. He initially wanted to adopt just once child when he was 21, but has since opened his home to five children, all of whom live with a range of conditions.
The father-of-five has just finalised the adoption of his fifth son, called Noah, who has a genetic condition known as Cornelia de Lange syndrome, and Ben hasn’t said no to adopting more in the future.
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One-year-old Noah now joins his brothers and sisters – 11-year-old Jack, eight-year-old Ruby, six-year-old Lily, and three-year-old Joseph, who have a range of needs, from Autism to Pierre Robin syndrome.
Ben, who used to work as a social carer, 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.
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Ben’s background as a carer helped him with the decision, as he said:
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.
Nine years on, I have five children and I wouldn’t change a thing.
The full-time dad said he was never bothered about having biological children, as he believes adopting is just as good.
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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. Yes, they might not have the same blood as me, but who cares!
And while five kids might be a handful for any parent, Ben hasn’t ruled out doing it all again. He has no current plans to adopt again, but says he could see himself fostering kids in the future.
The father-of-five says he has remained single since he was 21, and doesn’t plan on looking for a relationship any time soon, as he dad duties take precedence in his life, saying he ‘would literally walk over hot coals to protect them and provide for them’.
As Ben put it: ‘Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.’
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