If you have lost your faith in humanity, fear not, because Ben Carpenter is here to restore it.
When he was just 21 years old, Ben adopted a boy with autism named Jack. Today, if you ask Jack about his father, he would say: “Daddy is the best daddy in the world.” Honestly, we can’t agree more with this innocent child’s statement about how special Ben truly is.
An absolute inspiration https://t.co/pbezNCH2NF
— ExaminerLive (@Examiner) December 31, 2020
Over the course of 16 years, Ben adopted more children with disabilities and changed their world for the best.
“I’ve always known what I wanted. I never wanted to become a biological dad because being a parent is so much more than that,” Ben told the Mirror. “I wanted to help kids that were the most vulnerable and the ones that were most in need of a loving and caring home.”
— Benjamin carpenter BCAe (@benjamincarp) January 29, 2020
Of course, adopting that many children at such young age wasn’t an easy thing to do. It required time, patience, and not giving up. “I had a lot to prove at such a young age. I needed to show that I was mature enough and could offer these kids what they needed. The good thing about adoption that you can’t do in pregnancy is picking the gender of the child.”
as you may know my daughter is profoundly deaf (No auditory Nerves￼) Well I’m proud to show you at the age of 7 she has just said her first word “hello” both school and myself have worked so hard teaching her mouth moments and using sound to project a sound. Very emotional pic.twitter.com/jd6LqQCodZ
— Benjamin carpenter BCAe (@benjamincarp) July 5, 2020
Except for Jack, who is now 14, Ben adopted Ruby, now an 11-year-old with a complex disability, and her sister Lily, 9, who is completely deaf.
“To begin with I chose a boy and then a girl because I thought that would be the perfect set up and luckily got accepted and matching with my son and daughter, Jack and Ruby,” the caring father said. “I was then asked if I would take my biological daughter’s sister which I agreed to do.”
— Benjamin carpenter BCAe (@benjamincarp) November 13, 2019
Joseph, who has Down Syndrome and is now 6 years old, was adopted as a baby of a couple of days.
The fifth child Ben adopted back in the day was Teddy. The family now seemed complete. They were all lucky to have one another in their life, but then, in 2019, Teddy passed away, leaving a huge void in her family’s heart. “I was devastated and I felt guilty for a while because I kept wondering if there was something I could have done to fix it,” the heartbroken father said.
Children who have a disability or other health needs often wait much longer to find a permanent loving home through adoption. Meet Yorkshire adopter @benjamincarp who, as a single man, has opened his heart and home to six children with additional needs #YouCanAdopt @Youcanadopt pic.twitter.com/E42umTlc7E
— One Adoption (@one_adoption) September 30, 2020
In 2020, Ben adopted his sixth child, Louis, who is blind and has cerebral palsy, as per Yorkshire Live. Although Teddy is now gone, he still considers himself a father of six. What’s most, he’s planning on welcoming more children in need in his life in the years to come.
“As much as I have changed their life, they have also changed mine. And I would never say never to having another child,” he told Mirror.
This incredible man is just a proof that not all heroes wear capes, some come in the form of single dads who would go above and beyond for the happiness of their children. Ben, thank you for everything you do for you kids.
If you love to help Ben built a multisensory room for his children, you can donate here.