To dream about adopting a child yourself or that others are adopting a child indicates that you are taking on something new and different.
On the other hand, perhaps you feel you need to do something you’ve never done before.
What are you missing in your waking hours that would make you happy? If you figure out what it is- perhaps you need to go for it to find the contentment you seek.
Adoption could be linked to you taking on a new responsibility- you are willingly helping someone or something to grow.
If you were being adopted in the dream then you may desire something from your childhood. This could be a feeling, a person, a way of life- whatever it might be- is there any way you can bring elements of this in your your adult life?
Again, if you were the one who was being adopted, it’s possible you will receive help from strangers.
If you were adopting a dog, then you may be looking for a loyal relationship. Perhaps you haven’t experienced loyalty from the people in your life and so it’s something you place high on your list of priorities now.
If you were adopting a cat, then you are enjoying your new-found independence. Perhaps you have been looking for this for a while and you are finally able to embrace it fully.
If you were putting a child up for adoption, this might symbolise an area of your life or an aspect of your personality that you want to discard or forget about. Do you need to rid your life of something that is burdening you before you can move on?
Adopting a child could mean that you’re ready to nurture, care for, love and support someone. It might not be a child, but you yearn to look after someone other than yourself.