How It All Began

Project Cuddle is the result of one woman’s crusade to help prevent infants from being abandoned. Debbe Magnusen fostered over 30 drug-exposed babies, while raising two biological children. Eventually five of those beautiful little ones were adopted and became part of the Magnusen Family. Debbe is the author of “Don’t Abandon Your Baby” and “It’s Never Dull!!” Each book shares true and action packed adventures of girls/woman that kept their pregnancies a secret… babies that were almost abandoned. Lives forever changed because of Debbe, her wonderful family, and her band of dedicated and caring volunteers across the nation.
The Project Cuddle crisis line was started in the living room of Debbe’s home, with the hope of ending baby abandonment. Within 12 hours of opening the 24 hour crisis-line, Project Cuddle got its first crisis call. A frightened woman, who had hidden her pregnancy from everyone she knew. She was due to deliver at any minute and planned to put the newborn in the park. There was no time to waste! Debbe had only days to orchestrate a safe and legal alternative to abandonment. Project Cuddle was able to retain an attorney, a family yearning to rescue and adopt the baby, as well as an obstetrician, hospital and counselor. Debbe Magnusen coached this woman through the delivery of a beautiful baby girl. After the baby was delivered into the arms of the adoptive parents, the birth mother said to Debbe: “I feel like I’ve done something I can be proud of for the first time.” The woman did not break the law, the baby was safe and a rescue couple was overjoyed at having a new daughter in their lives.

Debbe at an orphanage when she was eight.
Statistics indicate that 57 children are abandoned everyday Tragically, babies are being abandoned across the nation on a daily basis. Since its inception, Project Cuddle has saved over 775 babies across the country and into Canada from the fate of being abandoned, or worse. John Stamos is the National Spokesperson for our organization. With John’s help, Project Cuddle has been able to create a school video to educate students about the importance of calling for help instead of abandoning a baby. In May 2009, Oprah and John surprised Debbe and Project Cuddle by being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Project Cuddle was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity in 1994. A volunteer Board of Directors oversees the organization, which Debbe runs on a day-to-day basis with the assistance of volunteers and a minimally-paid staff. Your generous donations help save babies from the fate of abandonment.