Would you like to adopt a child with Down syndrome? Get in line. According to an Associated Press story, children with Down syndrome are in demand, with waiting lists months or even years long. Some families seek a child with Down syndrome because they are already parenting one and know the challenges involved; others think those challenges are easier to handle than with other special needs. According to a social worker quoted in the story, "Out of all the special needs children can have, many think Down syndrome is the more manageable. People think they are just great kids, people feel like they are very lovable." And that's great to hear at a time when prenatal testing seems to be advancing in a way that could cause fewer Down syndrome children to be born. At the same time, it tends to reduce children to a cuddly stereotype, when in fact every child with Down syndrome is a unique individual. Says an adoptive parent quoted in the story, "Just because you have Down syndrome, that doesn't mean you're going to have a cookie-cutter personality and be the stereotypical huggy, lovey kid. There are certainly very positive aspects. But there are also the challenges you have with any kid." Stories like this make you wonder, too, who will adopt the children whose stereotypes aren't so huggy and lovey. My son with Fetal Alcohol Effects is a sweet, affectionate, bright little guy, but the stereotype for that diagnosis is so grim that adoptive parents often go to great lengths to avoid the slightest likelihood of it.