Christian Wheaton, 26, spent almost 12 years in the foster care system, shuffling between group homes, foster homes and institutions until she aged out. Without a support system in place, she has since struggled — like so many former foster youth — to build a steady life for herself.

End of the Line is an ongoing series by InvestigateWest asking what happens when teens get too old for foster care in Washington State. More at invw.org/fostercare

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