Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be adopted? Horace Mann eighth grader Matthew Ditchen knows.
He was adopted by his parents from Guatemala City, Guatemala. They adopted him on Oct. 25, 1998.
"Ever since I could speak, they told me [about my adoption] straight up," he said. "I don't feel different because I was adopted."
Ditchen was adopted from a foster home in Guatemala. He was only there for four months when he was very little, so he doesn't remember or know anything about his foster parents.
"I was like 4 months [old]," he said. "It would have been different if I was 7 or 8 or something like that."
He is grateful that he was adopted. He said he wouldn't want to go back and change things so that he was with his birth parents.
"I probably wouldn't be alive today [if I weren't adopted], to be honest," he said. "My mom had asthma and was pretty poor, and we don't have any records of my dad."
Ditchen has been back to Guatemala once since his adoption. It was to pick up his younger sister, who was also adopted there. They aren't related by birth.