Sue Rhodes has taken in more than 40 teenagers from across the district since she first became a foster carer at 23-years-old.
She is sharing her experiences to mark the national Foster Care Fortnight campaign.
The initiative, which started this week, runs until May 29 and is encouraging people to consider taking on the role of a carer.
Sue said: “I was always interested in working with teenagers. Some people may think it’s very difficult and there are times when it’s going to be challenging but I find it very rewarding. Everyone’s an individual with different needs.
“I’ve always felt that if you show them respect, they respect you and you build up trust over time.”
Wakefield Council is now searching for potential foster carers to help cope with the rising demand for new placements.
Foster carers don’t need to be married, in a relationship or in paid employment.
Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for more information.