I can’t adopt a child from a different ethnic background Not true. You can adopt a child from a different ethnic background as long as you can meet the child’s needs. Adoptive families can get support to help their adopted children understand their cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. You will also need to consider the impact on your adopted child of being different from other family members. Your adoption agency can help you think about how you will support your child to incorporate both their birth and adoptive heritages into their identity.