My faith or religion will be a barrier to adopting Absolutely not true. Adopters can be of all faiths and none. Children who need to be placed for adoption come from many different cultures, backgrounds, and religions, and it can be helpful for their long-term identity development and self-estteem if the family they are placed with reflects that. That means that agencies will welcome adopters who have a faith or no faith, and those who are from a variety of cultural and/or religious backgrounds. Children needing families from certain cultural backgrounds wait longer than others for adoptive families, and all agencies would encourage adopters to consider adopting a child from an ethnicity, culture or religion other than their own. Finally, research has shown that faith - with its inherent altruism and care for the vulnerable - is a great motivator for people to adopt.