Ninth year in a row that MetLife is recognized by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced it has earned the top spot among insurers on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s 2016 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List. This is the ninth year in a row MetLife has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits, parental leave policies and flexible work culture.

Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to recognize employers that offer the best adoption benefits in the United States. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.

MetLife employee Rick Gress adopted a 1-year old son earlier this year, and took parental leave after finalizing his son’s adoption. “My wife and I took advantage of MetLife's Adoption Assistance Program that provided a reimbursement of expenses directly related to adoption,” said Gress, software development engineer at MetLife. “An adoption is an exciting event in the lives of an entire family and the financial assistance that this program provides relieved our stress and allowed us to breathe easier as we faced the financial burdens related to an agency adoption.”

MetLife offers reimbursement of eligible adoption-related expenses to adopting parents, as well as the same benefits enjoyed by all working families at MetLife, including:

  • Flexible work arrangements such as compressed work weeks, part-time work, job-sharing, flextime, virtual work and telecommuting.
  • Parental leave coaching to help employees and managers prepare for parental leave and return to work confidently.
  • Back-up child care for up to 15 days per child per year when regular care is unavailable, as well as up to 10 percent in child care discounts.

About MetLife 
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit