His name is Stark. Elijah Stark Mays. It was upon his adoption that the 9-year-old boy who spent over seven years in different foster care homes was welcomed into his forever family and allowed to choose his middle name. As a serious Marvel fan, his decision was easy. He chose the name of one of his favorite heroes: Iron Man.
Elijah had been fostered by the Mays family since 2016. It was his sixth foster family as he had been in the system since he was just two-and-a-half years old. It was for this reason that forming an attachment was difficult for Elijah; having consistent structure and nurturing was essential to gain his trust. But with the Mays family, by the time he was in first grade, Elijah was flourishing. He was able to get straight As, as well as an award.
It was on January 22nd (after 2710 days in foster care) that Elijah was finally adopted and given his permanent home with Mandi and Jon Mays, their two biological children, Harper, 16, and Dalton, 13, as well as their other adopted son, Judah, who is 7. According to their interview with Good Morning America, Mandi said “These two kids just fit well in our family. We decided that adoption was the completing piece.” When asked about Elijah specifically, she elaborated ”He’s just fun to be around. He’s a wealth of random knowledge … he can tell you every Marvel movie from beginning to end.”
The Mays family has promised to stick with Elijah no matter what. They’re a forever family now, living together in Oklahoma City. Elijah hopes to be the governor of Oklahoma someday and eventually become president. His favorite movie is “Avengers, ” which is what prompted him to choose the middle name Stark, after Tony Stark also known as Iron Man. He should share a name with a superhero. After all, Elijah is a hero in his own right. We wish him and his family all the best.
Photos courtesy of Good Morning America
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