After spending years struggling to adopt as a single, gay man, Ben Carpenter, 34, became father to his eldest son Jack, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), ten years ago. Since then, he has spent thousands of hours caring for his five severely disabled children. The full-time dad is believed to be the youngest gay adopter in the UK. He became a parent at 21 years old.
via Daily Mail
While Ben is single, he has a robust support network – living with his mother, while getting help from the children’s godmother and a close friend.
Mr Carpenter says: ‘People have called me a saint and say what I do is remarkable 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. I am a believer in fate – this is what I was meant to do.’
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