Each year the Dale House takes in 40-50 troubled teens. Most are referred by the Department of Human Services or the Division of Youth Services. Though we are licensed to keep children ages 16-21, most of our residents are 17-19 years old. The average length of stay is five to ten months. We occasionally take referrals for private placement. Funding for the project comes from government agencies who place children at the Dale House and contributions from individuals, churches, and civic organizations.