Five Years of Welfare Reform NPR's Ina Jaffe marks the five-year anniversary of welfare reform by talking to women who have gotten off public assistance. One says looking for a job forced her to neglect her ailing son. Another says she loves welfare reform for getting her off the sofa and into the workforce. Jaffe's report is part of an NPR series analyzing the effects of the welfare reform law. For more about welfare reform, visit our special series.