Adopting a child from another country is possible provided the child cannot be raised by his or her extended family or adopted by a family in his or her country origin. Two international conventions, both of which Switzerland has ratified, aim to safeguard the welfare of children and protect them from abduction and trafficking. They also provide a framework for cooperation between authorities in a child's country of origin and the country of adoption. The contact and information points for anyone interested in adoption are the central cantonal authorities. The Federal Central Authority acts as an intermediary between the cantonal authorities and the authorities in the child's country of origin. It accepts communications and reports on international adoption cases and passes them on. It can also provide prospective adoptive parents with comprehensive information on countries where children may be available for adoption and the relevant adoption procedures.