Many young women were obliged to give up their children and now want to be reunited or at least want to find out what happened to them.
Tommy Scholtes, spokesman of the Belgian bishops: "We don't know if the archives are still in existence. All we can do today is express our willingness to help."
Mater Matuta, an organisation representing the duped mothers, has welcomed the bishops’ response, but says that they are not going far enough. Spokeswoman Marleen Adriaens: "We are demanding an apology, recognition for the victims. We want an investigation into the 84 adoption services operating at this time. There is a lot that still has to come to the surface."