Ben Carpenter, 35, longed to be a father since the age of 21. His plan was to adopt only one child which has since blossomed into a lively home of five adopted children, each disabled.
And the best news yet? Carpenter is open to adopting more!
His children range in ages from 11 to one: Jack, 11, Ruby, eight, Lily, six, Joseph, three, Noah, one. Each child has a range of disabilities from Autism to Pierre Robin syndrome, according to Metro.
Noah has a rare genetic condition known as Cornelia de Lange syndrome, “Jack has autism, Ruby has complex needs, Lily is profoundly deaf and Joseph has Down’s Syndrome,” The Sun reports.
Metro quotes Carpenter as saying, “Even at the age of 21 I knew I wanted to be a father as soon as possible..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.”
Ben told The Sun, “People have called me a saint and say what I do is remarkable but I just wanted to be a dad…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.”
“I only wanted to be a father. Having biological children isn’t the be-all and end-all.”
UPDATE: Please join us in praying for the Carpenter family as we just received word that Ben’s youngest son, Noah, passed away. Our heartfelt condolences are with this beautiful family now.