Not just how the child looked in the dream, but how the child acted. Also you should come up with an answer to the following question if you can. If you could say that the child’s personality represented one single emotion or one single trait more prominently than others, what would that trait be? Once you have an answer to that question, you are ready to move on.
The reason that the question above needed to be answered in order to get an accurate interpretation of the dream is because when you adopt a child in a dream this shows all of the traits that you are trying to adopt into yourself. These children can represent an amalgamation of emotions in your dreams, but typically will represent one single aspect that is totally outside of yourself as a person, but that you still desire. If you are a natural loner, maybe you desire companionship. In this case the child would be very clingy and would never want to be away from you. This would help to forward the idea that you secretly want to take on the role of father or mother and caretaker to the child. In the real world this means that you just want someone, anyone to care for. It could be a child, or could just as easily represent a significant other or a family member.
A dream about adoption could also be an incessant reminder that you want to adopt a child. This usually happens to couples that have not been able to have children themselves but it can also happen to single people that have been lonely for some time. If love has not been working for you, but you still feel lonely, then maybe your problem is just romantic love. Maybe your love would be better suited for a needy child. Adoption agencies usually prefer couples, but you do not have to be in a marriage in order to adopt as long as you are financially and mentally stable. If you think that you could really see yourself raising a child, then maybe the dream was a sign that this is your true calling.
Alternatively, dreaming about adoption could also mean that you hunger for something new in your life. You are tired of the old and boring and need to take on new experiences. This does not exactly mean you need to adopt, just try new things and see how much they change your life for the better. If you dream that you are being adopted by someone else, this is a sign that you want to be more connected to your inner child. You are feeling as if you have been too “adult” recently and want to get attached to the more fun loving and carefree side of yourself. This can be a great way to free your mind if you do decide to do it, but just remember your responsibilities that still exist in the adult world.