Debbe Magnusen

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Debbe Magnusen
Debbe Magnusen November 2011 by Miguel Pola.jpg
Debbe Magnusen in 2011
Debbe Magnusen

(1956-01-06) January 6, 1956 (age 63)

Debbe Magnusen (born January 6, 1956 in Pasadena, California), in July 1994, founded the Non-Profit Organization Project Cuddle based out of Costa Mesa, California.[1] Magnusen was a foster mother to over 30 drug-exposed children, while raising two biological children. Five of those children were eventually adopted by Magnusen and her family. She is the author of the non-fiction books "Don’t Abandon Your Baby"[2] and "It’s Never Dull!!".[3] "Don't Abandon Your Baby" tells the stories of babies who were nearly abandoned, but saved through working with Magnusen and her non-profit organization Project Cuddle. "It's Never Dull" talks about true stories of drug exposed babies and how to care for them, as well as several insights into the foster care system.

Awards and honors[edit]

Magnusen's work with babies and their mothers has earned her numerous honors and awards including

  • A 1996 Olympic Torchbearer as a "Local Community Hero"[4]
  • CBS "Whats Right with Southern California Community Service Award" - 1997
  • Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Medal - 1997
  • Freeman, Freeman, & Smiley Philanthropist of the Year Award - 1998
  • Received Points of Light award #1157 - July 10, 1998[5]
  • Congressional Angel in Adoption Award - 2003[6]
  • National Day of Philanthropy "Founder of the Year" Award - 2004
  • Disney Show Your Character Award - 2005
  • Leadership Tomorrow Community Leadership Award - 2005
  • Clarins Most Dynamic Woman Award - 2006[7]
  • Featured in People in the article "Heroes Among Us" - 2007[8]
  • Received a resolution from the 37th State Senate District of California that recognized July 13, 2013 as Baby Abandonment Prevention Awareness day from State Senator Mimi Walters.[9]


  1. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2013-07-30. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Magnusen, Debbe (2002). Don't Abandon Your Baby. DeDay Publishing. ISBN 0-9664196-1-8.
  3. ^ Magnusen, Debbe (1998). It's Never Dull!!. DeDay Publishing. ISBN 0-9664196-0-X.
  4. ^ Associated Press (April 29, 1996). "California's Surfers Salute Games Flame". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Points of Light". Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Angels in Adoption" (PDF). Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Clarins. "Most Dynamic Woman of the Year 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 15 August 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "She Finds Homes for Abandoned Babies - 564 and Counting". People. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "Senator Mimi Walters and California Senate Resolution Baby Abandonment Prevention Awareness Day". PRLog. Retrieved 2013-08-08.