Families come in all different shapes and sizes these days. Families with stay-at-home moms and working dads have long fallen by the wayside. This is a good thing since there are so many children up for adoption all over the world.
One loving nontraditional man has proven that he’s up to the greatest challenge and is going it alone. Not only that, he’s adopted four disabled children, he may even take on a fifth.
Thirty-three-year-old Ben Carpenter lives in West Yorkshire, UK. It took him years to convince adoption agencies that he could handle special needs kids on his own. That obviously proved to be right, as he was named “Adopter Champion of the Year.”
Carpenter says that being a father to his unique brood is not only his most important job but very fulfilling. He’s been at it for seven years now and is being honored in London by the charity organization known as First4Adoption, an outfit that Carpenter says was instrumental in guiding him through the ins and outs of adoptive parenthood.
With his kids ranging in age from two to ten, and each with special needs, Carpenter is now nicknamed “Super Dad,” and is no doubt a true superhero to his own children. He tries to imbue in all of his kids to embrace what they can do and not worry too much about what they can’t.
“People have called me a saint and say what I do is remarkable,” said Carpenter, “but I just wanted to be a dad and adopting is my way of becoming a dad. I only ever wanted one child when I started on the process of adoption,” he added.
It all began a decade ago when he first set out to adapt and break down barriers as to who was “suitable” to be a parent to adopted kids. He was only his 20s when the process began, Carpenter had youth against him while he tackled breaking the walls down against a single gay man becoming a parent.
Everyone who knows him and the kids say he’s made remarkable progress with them and is an exemplary father figure.
Carpenter says he has no interest in finding an adult life partner, noting that the kids are his everything.
“I am a believer in fate – this is what I was meant to do,” he said.
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