Ben Carpenter just became a single dad of four and snagged the title “Super Dad.”
The 33-year-old adopted 10-year-old Jack, 7-year-old Ruby, her 5-year-old sister Lily, and Joseph, 2. He has even considered adopting a fifth child.
While people are calling him a saint for adopting the children, all of whom have a disability, Carpenter said he just wanted children and adopting was his way of becoming a dad.
In the past, Carpenter was awarded the Adopter Champion of the Year by the charity First4Adoption. He’s grateful for the invaluable help the organization has given him over the years.
The long journey began 10 years ago when Carpenter applied to adopt. He was not only the first single man to apply in his area but also the youngest gay man in Yorkshire to adopt. His original plan? Adopt one child.
“I only ever wanted one child when I started on the process of adoption. I am a believer in fate — this is what I was meant to do.”
While he says adopting is the most rewarding and satisfying thing he’s done, he stressed that 100 percent commitment is imperative.
When it comes to Ben’s motivation, it’s his children. With his help, they have been progressing and shocking both social workers and medical professionals.
“Seeing my children and how they are now is why I get up in the morning. In this house we have an ‘I can do’ attitude and we try to teach them as much independence as we can. Disability isn’t the be-all and end-all.”